Extract from GMC
“The UK Government has announced plans to give the GMC new powers to check the English language skills of doctors from Europe when we have concerns about their ability to communicate effectively.
We are already able to check the language skills of doctors who qualified outside Europe, and to refuse to grant their registration if they cannot speak English to a safe standard. But UK law prevents us from checking doctors who qualified within the European Union.”
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Hospital consultants and GPs face having their hours reorganised to give patients the same level of service at weekends as they receive during the week, to bring the health service in line with other sectors.
The proposals, included in the board’s first planning guidance for 2013-14,1 will initially focus on improving access to diagnostics and urgent and emergency care but could extend to surgery in the future. General practices will be expected to extend their opening hours to weekends as part of the drive.
Doctors should not fear reporting suspicions about child abuse, the regulator of the profession says.
The General Medical Council said high-profile cases and a concern about complaints by parents were deterring doctors from raising the alarm.
But it said new guidance it was issuing should give medics the confidence to act when they needed to.
The guidance stresses the need for doctors to consider the risk of child abuse in every case they see.
It also details when it is appropriate for doctors to share information about patients.
via BBC News – Doctors ‘should not fear raising child abuse alarm’.