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Letter to Daily Telegraph on Foreign GPs must speak good English

February 9th, 2011

Dear Sirs

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.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Scheele
Head of European Commission Representation in the UK

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