With the onerous burdens of more paperwork bureaucracy of CQC registration, revalidation of doctors, austerity gatekeeping role of GP, need to find £20 billion efficiency savings in a NHS which is starting from a place of debt, drastic pension cuts and changes to the length of service from 65 to 68 years old, our UK doctors and GPs are retiring early or immigrating to Australia, New Zealand and Canada, countries whose economies are thriving and have no CQC registration or revalidation but allow doctors to focus on 'patients and not paperwork'.
So instead we will see more EU doctors entering the UK to work in our NHS and cover walk in centres, GP surgery sessions, locum for NHS hospitals and Accident and Emergency departments. If your doctor does not speak fluent English, you as a NHS patient have a right to ask to be seen by another doctor who does.
It is imperative that a medical doctor be able to communicate with you so that both parties are mutually understood to ensure you are safely treated for your medical condition, else NHS mistakes will and have occurred. As economies in Greece and Italy face potential bankruptcy, doctors from Greece and Italy may consider immigrating to the UK. Please bear in mind, NHS employers, that you do not just accept a CV but actually interview prospective employees to ensure they can speak English fluently and check all references to ensure they are clinically competent and up to date. Until the government and GMC change the rules and remove the 'EU exemption' to testing English language and NHS medical knowledge, our NHS patients may still be at risk of harm.
Lansley pushes for language testing for EU doctors Clinical-competence-checks-for-eu-trained-doctors-not-against-rules and suggests PCT responsible officers ensure EU doctors can speak fluent English. Would also like to push for medical competency testing too.