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Checks on foreign doctors ‘might have saved lives’

9th April 2010

A parliamentary report has stated that lives could have been saved if overseas doctors had been properly checked before practising in the UK.

The Commons health committee has said changes must be brought in immediately to ensure overseas doctors providing out-of-hours GP care in the UK are properly vetted before they are allowed to practise.

It called for the General Medical Council to be given the power to test the clinical competence of overseas doctors, as well as their language skills.

This inquiry comes after a coroner ruled on the unlawful killing of David Gray, who died in 2008 after being treated by German locum Dr Daniel Ubani.

Kevin Barron MP, committee chair, said: “It is tragic that it takes the death of a patient to expose the serious failings now evident in the current system for checking language and competence skills of overseas doctors.”

The Liberal Democrats have condemned the lack of checks made into foreign doctors working in the UK, accusing the government of failing to take action despite knowing that current safeguards were not working.

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