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Wednesday 26th October 2016

OOH care review called for

26th August 2009

Two key doctors’ organisations have called for a review of out of hours care.


The GMC and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) want the review to focus on doctors from abroad working in this country and to examine their fitness to practise.

The concerns come over the quality of some European doctors that are employed on out of hours services. The two organisations believe European doctors must be subject to the same tests that non-EU doctors undergo.

In one case, an elderly patient was accidentally given a fatal painkiller overdose by German doctor Dr Daniel Ubani last year during his first shift in the UK as a locum GP. The doctor has since been struck off by the GMC and received a nine-month suspended jail term in Germany.

GMC Chief Executive Finlay Scott said: “Our long standing position has been that to ensure patient safety, we want to be able to test knowledge and skills at the point of first registration with the GMC. We can do that for doctors from outside Europe but we can't do it with doctors from within the European Economic Area.”

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field calls for a radical review of weekend and out of hours care.

He said: “Doctors from Europe who come to the UK to work in out of hours services must prove they are of the same quality as our home-grown doctors.”

At present, he said, there are concerns that appropriate checks are not in place to ensure such standards are met.


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