– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter
Patients should be able to understand and be understood by their doctor if we are to give them the best care they deserve. These new checks will ensure that all doctors who want to work in the NHS can speak proficient English and to prevent those who can't from treating patients.
There are lots of excellent doctors from around the world working in the NHS - this is simply about protecting patients and having proper checks on a doctor's ability to speak English.
By introducing these steps we will be able to put an end to doctors treating patients without proper checks on their language.
Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS in England will have to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients, the Government has confirmed.