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RCP comments on Lords EU sub-committee report Safety First

Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians, welcomed today’s report from the Lords EU sub-committee – ‘Safety First: Mobility of healthcare professionals in the EU, which addressed many of the RCP’s concerns about language competence and testing, and sharing of fitness to practice information between countries. He said:

‘While the report makes clear and substantive recommendations to improve patient safety in the long-term, we hope that it will also accelerate action in the short-term, including immediate efforts to clarify the precise responsibilities of employers and the competent authorities for assessing language so as to reduce the current confusion.’
The RCP’s full evidence to the Lords Committee is available on the RCP website:


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