NHS language plans will 'strengthen patient safety'

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, has welcomed the government's plans that require foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS in England to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients.

This is good news for patients.

The Health Minister's announcement today will help strengthen patient safety across the UK.

Our position is clear - patients must be confident that the doctor who treats them has the right communications skills to do the job.

If doctors cannot speak English to a safe standard then the GMC must be able to protect patients by preventing them from practising in the UK.

We will continue to work with the Department of Health to make these changes as quickly as possible.

– Niall Dickson, GMC

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Foreign doctor language checks

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.