PCTs Ignore Demand of Language Skill Tests

PCTs Ignore Demand of Language Skill Tests

As per a national investigation, it has been found that only 23% of EU registered doctors in the UK have been tested for language skills and 17% of them have cleared clinical exams.

The experts said that the government and the GMC have repeatedly asked primary care trusts to test EU doctors' clinical competence and language skills. However, time and again it has been found that primary care trusts have largely ignored their advices.

According to the BMA's GP committee, it has been unveiled that only 4% of doctors have undergone testing. It is a matter of great concern that primary care trusts have been falling short of fulfilling their duties.

"It is extremely worrying if PCTs are not implementing performance tests, on the back of the adverse events in recent years. It does worry me that in this massive reorganization of the NHS, PCTs have struggled to carry out their statutory functions", said Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, who is a negotiator for the BMA's GP committee.

In addition, it has been found that NHS Suffollk has announced that they will be taking strict actions in regard to testing EU doctors. They have also announced that it will be compulsory for doctors, who have not worked in the NHS to undergo face-to-face interviews. Interviews will decide that whether they will be selected or not.

The Freedom of Information survey has unveiled out of 51 PCTs doctors, only 25 EU doctors have been checked for language skills. However, the government has asked the data of other 792 EU doctors working with primary care trusts.

Richard Hoey, the survey editor was of the view that it is quite astonishing to see that primary care trust have completely ignored to the demands of ministers and the GMC.

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