The General Medical Council has revealed that there is a big loophole in rules for foreign doctors, which is putting patients at risk. The GMC told the Health Select Committee that it had to accept skills competency certificates and qualifications without testing English language skills of foreign doctors.
Niall Dickson, the GMC chief executive said, "For them we are not allowed to language test and we are not allowed to competency test. We can't say that qualification doesn't mean very much. If it's approved and it's on the European list we simply have to accept them."
He added that this was an issue under European law. The HSC is investigating out-hours-care after the death of one David Gray who died in 2008 after a German doctor, Daniel Ubani injected 10 times the permissible dose of dopamine.