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Study to urge skills proof of overseas doctors

4 February 2010

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Overseas doctors on out-of-hours calls will have to prove competence in English and show they have the skills and knowledge needed to work for the NHS, a review is to urge.

The government, which ordered the study, is to accept all 24 recommendations in the report and tell primary care trusts (PCTs) to implement them urgently.

As a safeguard, the government will tell PCTs who refuse to admit a GP to inform the General Medical Council so that another PCT does not hire the same doctor.

The study will also say the out-of-hours system must provide more training for foreign doctors and better quality control, highlighting bad contract management and a lack of systems to monitor GPs and private firms.

The study, which is also to accuse some PCTs of not meeting their legal obligations on provision of safe care, was led by David Colin-Thome, clinical director for primary care at the Department of Health, and Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of GPs.

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