Dr Dan Poulter
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Doctors' English skills 'must be up to scratch'

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.

Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK. He had earlier been rejected for work because of poor English skills.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter spoke to BBC Breakfast to explain more about the changes.

He said it was essential that medics' English skills were "up to scratch" in order to ensure patients were treated safely.

  • 24 Feb 2013
  • From the section Health
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