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GMC featured on BBC’s The One Show

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01 Nov 2017

The role of the General Medical Council (GMC) in helping refugee doctors into work in the UK has featured on the BBC television programme The One Show.

We value the expertise that refugee doctors bring to healthcare in this country. Many of them have been through difficult and traumatic experiences, and they are keen to continue their careers in the UK.

Jane Durkin, Assistant Director of Registration at the GMC

An item on the programme followed Rouni Youssef, a refugee doctor from Syria, through the process of gaining work as a doctor in the UK.

Rouni, like other doctors arriving from outside the European Economic Area, had to pass an English language test and go through a theoretical and practical medical exam before being able to get a licence to practise here.

Overseas doctors must demonstrate a strong competency in the English language before being able to sit the GMC’s exams.

The language checks make sure doctors are able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.

Jane Durkin, Assistant Director of Registration at the GMC, said: ‘We value the expertise that refugee doctors bring to healthcare in this country. Many of them have been through difficult and traumatic experiences, and they are keen to continue their careers in the UK.

‘We do what we can to help, for example by discounting registration and exam fees, while at the same making sure they have the necessary medical and language skills, and experience, that are required to work here.'

The GMC welcomes the skills of doctors with refugee status or those who have been granted leave to remain in the UK and can assist them with discounted registration fees and reduced costs for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test.

The programme, which featured on BBC One on Monday evening, showed Rouni registering at the GMC’s Manchester office after passing his PLAB exams.

The GMC runs a free course, Welcome to UK Practice, is offered to doctors new to the UK. It explains the standards expected of doctors and ethical scenarios they may face to help them adapt to working in the UK’s four countries.

The piece is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, where it will remain online until Wednesday 29 November.

Notes to editors

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

We are not here to protect doctors - their interests are protected by others. Our job is to protect the public.

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

We are a registered charity (number 1089278 with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and number SC037750 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), we have to show that our aims are for public benefit.

The GMC Media Relations Office can be contacted on 020 7189 5454, email press@gmc-uk.org.

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