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This unrealistic English test is barring potential GP recruits


Speaking and understanding good English clearly, without mumbling and with empathy and showing you are attentive,and not just using medical terminology all the time, is an essential: it is more important than any medical qualification from any country. Often I have heard a patient say to me, after seeing another GP from abroad, that they have not understood one word of what that GP said. (Sometimes the same Gp will not be well-understood by colleagues either.) Not good. Also, unfortunately, it will often mean the patient will then have to represent to a different GP having been frustrated by a first, or sometimes a second, GP. Not an efficient delivery of service. The patients need to come first, and sometimes it seems the bar for good English should be set higher.

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23 May 2018

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