She said: "[The authorities]must give the doctor an opportunity to prove
their standard of English – for example by bringing along appropriate
qualifications or by having a chat with them to check their understanding. If
the competent authority is not convinced that the standard is good enough, they
can then impose a language test. So the Directive does not forbid the competent
authority from imposing tests in such circumstances.
Her statement can be viewed in full on the European Commission in the UK's
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