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EU rules do not forbid language testing of doctors coming to the UK from other EU countries
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08/04/2010 00:00:00

At a press conference in Brussels today, Chantal Hughes, European Commission spokeswoman for the Internal Market described how there is nothing in EU rules to stop authorities in the UK submitting doctors from outside the UK to language tests appropriate to the work they are being asked to carry out, especially if the authorities have reason to be concerned about a doctor's level of English.

    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 website.


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