Consultation outcome

Ensuring doctors have sufficient English language capability

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Detail of outcome

We plan to continue with the changes set out in the consultation. We will make the proposed amendments to the Medical Act 1983 as soon as we can, subject to parliamentary approval.

The majority of the 54 responses supported the proposed changes to the Medical Act 1983 to give the General Medical Council (GMC) more power to take action when there are concerns about a doctor’s English language capability.

Original consultation

Summary

Consultation on giving more power to the General Medical Council to act if there are concerns about a doctor’s English language capability.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on proposals to change the Medical Act 1983 to give the General Medical Council (GMC) more power to take action where concerns arise about a doctor’s English language capability. 

The proposals are designed to complement and strengthen the existing language controls imposed through the responsible officer regulations, performers list regulations and other checks undertaken at a local level.

The Department of Health has been working with the GMC and other stakeholders to develop these proposals.

Documents

Published 7 September 2013
Last updated 30 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. Final consultation outcome published.
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