[EDLING:172] Eastern bloc doctors escape English language test
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Tue May 29 18:39:07 UTC 2007
Irish Medical News
Eastern bloc doctors escape English language test
The Medical Council has abandoned proposals to introduce an English test for
Eastern European doctors.
Under European legislation, the Council said it cannot make English language
knowledge a criterion for registration of EU nationals, and said the onus is on
employers to ensure staff have adequate English skills to perform their duties.
It said this had been communicated to the HSE by Council President Dr John
Non-EU doctors have to sit an English test, but since EU accession, doctors
from 10 countries no longer have to, even though many doctors from these
countries had failed this English test under the old system, the Council said.
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