If you can’t speak proper English, you can’t work as a doctor

21/03/2016 2022 Views
If you can’t speak proper English, you can’t work as a doctor

UK is a common destination for EU doctors who seek work out of their countries. However, over the past year (between June 2014 and July 2015), almost half of the EU applicants were refused the licence to practice. The issue was not clinical incompetence, but lack of English skills (vedi).

The General Medical Council (GMC – vedi), which registers doctors and give them licences to work, warned that EU doctors should give evidence of their language knowledge by facicig the same checks as those who apply from other countries of the world. The same warning was prompted by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP – vedi). The chief executive of GMC, Niall Dickson, stated that being able to speak English properly is vital for doctors willing to work in the UK. In order to select only high level English speaking doctors, test scores had been recently risen, and the same will be true for nurses and other healthcare workers. According to GMC figures, since the new rules came in only a third of 245 Italian doctors had their licence for the UK.

(Fonte: The Guardian)

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