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Foreign doctors 'must speak English'

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.

Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK. He had earlier been rejected for work because of poor English skills.

From April, there will be a legal duty to ensure a doctor's English is sufficiently fluent before they are employed.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 24 Feb
  • From the section Health