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Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 20 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how he intends to ensure that a non-English-speaking doctor from the EEC who arrives in the United Kingdom, secures immediate registration as set out in his Written Answer to the hon. Member for Reading, South (Dr. Vaughan), Official Report, 5th April, column 479, and sets up in private practice will be able to communicate with patients sufficiently to practise medicine to acceptable standards.

I think it most unlikely that a doctor who has obtained registration in the United Kingdom under the terms of the EEC Medical Directives will find patients prepared to seek his services at their own expense if he cannot communicate adequately with them.