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Doctors’ language tests: five minutes with Ceri Butler

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 20 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k806
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The academic talks to Abi Rimmer about the GMC’s decision to accept the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS) as proof of a doctor’s language skills1

“Since I began working with refugee doctors in 2003, the most significant barrier to working in the NHS that they have faced has undoubtedly been the IELTS.

“It can take a refugee …

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