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English language tests for European doctors

3:31 pm

GMC seeks views on plans to check language skills of European doctors

Press Release

17 Sep 2013

Patients will be better protected following new checks to ensure the English language skills of doctors from Europe are good enough to safely treat them, in plans revealed by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The safety of patients must always come first. That means doctors wanting to practise in this country must be able to speak English clearly and communicate effectively. If a doctor cannot do this we should be able to prevent them from practising.
Niall Dickson, Chief […]

Hunt: GPs to be held accountable for care round-the-clock as ‘named clinicians’

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RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada said that the RCGP welcomed the emphasis on GPs’ central role in delivering care for the vulnerable, she had reservations about what the Government is really intending and where the money will be spent

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that older patients with complex health needs will be assigned a single ‘named clinician’ accountable for their care at all times when they are out of hospital, and has suggested this should be their GP.

Mr Hunt said that the move was intended to drive forward better-integrated, coordinated out-of-hospital care […]