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DH to proceed with plans for responsible officers to check GP language competency

In its consultation on draft amendments to the responsible officer role, the DH said language checking should form part of pre-appointment checks by responsible officers to ensure patients are not put at risk by someone who could not communicate clearly in English.

While EU law currently prevents the Government writing this into the regulations, the DH said they are ‘continuing to explore’ the details of whether mandatory language checks could be written into legislation.

They are also proposing to give the NHS Commissioning Board the power to issue guidance on language checks, which responsible officers will have to follow.

The draft rules have been developed after an earlier consultation on the plans in April, with the NHS Commissioning Board becoming the body responsible for CCGs and GPs, as the DH said concerns over conflicts of interests could be mitigated.

Rather than the deaneries, Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) will be appointed as the responsible officer for postgraduate trainees, apart from the Wales Deanery, the Defence Deanery and the National Deanery for Pharmaceutical Medicine, which exist outside of LETBs.

The consultation document said: ‘We have decided that the only change to the regulations we will make at this time is to clarify that responsible officers in England must ensure that medical practitioners have sufficient knowledge of English language necessary for the work to be performed.’

‘This will form part of the pre-appointment checks that any good organisation will carry out to ensure that patients are not put at risk by someone who cannot communicate clearly in English.’

 


 

Readers' comments (8)

  • Who is going to check that the Responsible Officer has reasonable English?.....bet they haven't thought that one out.

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  • It Is a subjective term..could some body define What includes " Reasonable English"?

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  • Who is going to check that the Responsible Officer has reasonable English?.....bet they haven't thought that one out.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx And of course who is going to check the officer who checks the officer who checks the officer whose job it is to check the officer.

    I think we should be told in plain English!

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  • Blatantly putting patient safety first. How very dare they? This should stop the RCGP being accused of racism to its current extent.

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  • @ 9;27. "medical practitioners have sufficient knowledge of English language necessary for the work to be performed."not quite the RCGP CSA is it?.rcgp please take note

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  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Sufficient knowledge of English necessary for the work to be performed -----for european union doctors.

    English of the highest standard possible ----thats for the IMG in the CSA exam.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    What a sick f*****g joke !!!

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  • Shouldn't they check the politicians first? They don't seem to understand anything we are saying......

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  • What if the patient speaks bengali ......LOL....
    Teach the patient English cause we cannot speak anything else .oooooops Sorry that was harsh ....LOL

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