16 SEP 2011

UKCEA Conference Torbay

This was an opportunity to discuss the future of medical education, workforce planning and training with doctors' leaders from across the UK.

Following the NHS listening exercise, there was a commitment to introduce further protections to training for all NHS staff and the NHS Future Forum were given further time to develop proposals.

It was clear from the conference that there remain concerns about the number of EU area doctors practising in the UK without adequate English language skills. The General Medical Council are also deeply concerned about the EU directives that prevent language testing and I feel this is an area which needs further challenge.

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