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Leading doctors have warned that plans to shorten their medical training could compromise patient safety.
The British Medical Association said there were concerns doctors would not be able to reach the necessary level of expertise
ITV News Correspondent Romilly Weeks has this report:
New rules to help check foreign doctors' English language skills are a "huge step forward for patient safety", the Health Minister has said.
Previously EU doctors could practise in the UK without having to pass a language test, while those from outside Europe could be made to prove their grasp of English..
The new powers mean the General Medical Council can order a language test if "serious concerns" are raised about a doctor.
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "For the first time ever, we have a full system of checks in place to prevent doctors working in the NHS who do not have the necessary knowledge of English from treating patients."
"This is a huge step forward for patient safety. I am pleased to have played my part in making this happen," he added.
As many as two million people have to wait up to three weeks for an appointment with a GP, a survey has found.
Half a million face a wait of up to a month to see their family doctor, while only one in three patients is able to secure a same-day appointment.
The research, carried out by the Daily Mail and over-50s group Saga, found that 20% of people cannot get a consultation within seven days.
Last week the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) claimed more than 34 million people will this year fail to get an appointment with their GP when they seek one.[
Dirty stethoscopes may be contributing to spread dangerous bugs around GP surgeries and hospital wards, according to a new study.
One stethoscope was found to be more contaminated with bacteria than the palm of a doctor's hand after being used to examine 71 patients.
Among the microbes spreading from patients was the potentially deadly superbug MRSA.
The stethoscope's diaphragm, the part of the instrument that is pressed onto a patient's skin, was more heavily contaminated than all parts of the doctor's hand, except the fingertips.
The study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found the stethoscope's tube was covered in more bugs than the back of the doctor's hand.