Health warning over 88,000 foreign doctors working in the NHS
Thursday 17 April 2014
Foreign doctors working in the NHS are less competent than their British counterparts, a major report has warned.
The majority of the 88,000 foreign doctors practising the UK would fail exams if they were held to the same standards as their British colleagues.
A study by the University College London called for the pass rate for competency exams to be lifted “to ensure patient safety”.
Foreign doctors, including 22,758 from outside the EU, make up around a third of the doctors currently practising in the UK.
They must pass a Professional and Linguistics Assessment to practice in the UK, but the research found “no formal mechanism” to ensure it was as tough as the exams sat by British doctors.
A comparison of results showed they were consistently performing less well than their British counterparts, with around half unlikely to be able to pass the British test.
“It may be that some overseas doctors have had poor training and when they come to Britain they will catch up quickly,” Chris McManus, professor of psychology and medical training at UCL, told the Daily Telegraph.
“But alternatively some may feel completely overwhelmed, particularly with new technology they have not yet come across. And that is of concern.”
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Men who buy sex share 'key characteristics' with aggressive sex offenders, study claims
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...
£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...
£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...