Of course it is essential that doctors working in the UK can communicate properly with their patients “Foreign GPs must speak good English”, 8 Feburary 2011. No one would argue otherwise.
But EU legislation concerning the recognition of qualifications for medics should not be blamed. Whilst it does not allow the systematic testing of medics language skills as part of recognising their qualification as a doctor, the Commission has made clear it does not oppose proportionate language testing in the UK for doctors from other EU member states.
Head of European Commission Representation in the UK