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GMC welcomes English language rules for doctors

24 February 2013 Last updated at 08:52 GMT

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.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Niall Dickson from the General Medical Council said that the changes were "extremely welcome" and closed a hole in the regulatory framework for medics.