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NHS Commissioning Board to check language skills

30th July 2010

The new NHS Commissioning Board that will oversee GP consortia may be given powers to check language skills of overseas doctors.

The Department of Health has revealed that language checks might come under the new body’s remit as part of efforts to prevent another tragedy such as the death of David Gray following treatment by a German locum on his first out-of-hours shift in the UK. The government has backed moves to enable the GMC to test the clinical competence of doctors and undertake systematic testing of language skills.

 

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