The son of a man who died from a fatal overdose given by a foreign doctor, has told ITV News that he welcomes new language measures.
Dr Stuart Gray's father died in 2008, after a German doctor – who had already failed an English test – gave him ten times the required amount of painkillers for kidney pain.
"It's common sense. This is five years too late, but at least action is now being taken," said Dr Stuart Gray.
Those coming to the UK from outside the EU already face strict language tests. However, new measures will mean all doctors wanting to practice in the UK will now need to pass a language assessment.
The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.
Crisis in the NHS, as two hospitals in the East are told their finances are unsustainable. Peterborough Hospital is paying a million pounds a week under its PFI agreement, while the private company running Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has failed to make the savings it had hoped.
The MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson was a member of the Public Accounts committee set up to look into NHS finances. Matthew Hudson has sent this report.
Maternity units across the East of England are being given nearly £2m to upgrade facilities.Read the full story ›
Many of the region's hospitals are getting a £1.8m boost from the government to improve and upgrade their maternity units.
Ipswich Hospital is being given the largest amount with £652,190 to improve the experience for expectant mothers and their families.
- £429,000 - Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow
- £272,000 - Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
- £185,754 - North & East Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner left the war-torn country on Monday evening and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base, thought to be in Cyprus.
He landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and will now travel with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters.
A new report from the Royal College of Physicians says mank hospitals are on the 'brink of collapse' because of bed and staff shortages.Read the full story ›
Two of our region's hospitals have been highlighted as having some of the highest rates for discharging patients overnight.Read the full story ›