Independent review recommends strengthening of tests for doctors from overseas

Hospital and emergency staff

10 / 10 / 2014 9.15am

The General Medical Council (GMC) has welcomed the recommendations of an independent review into the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) tests, which overseas doctors have to pass if they wish to practice in the UK. These recommendations include broadening the ethical values assessment and limiting the number of retakes permitted. More details about the background and scope of the review can be found on the GMC website.

What does this mean for employers

The GMC will publish a report on progress of the recommendations in 18 months time and NHS Employers will publicise any further guidance when available.  Rules and details for the existing PLAB tests are available here.

If you would like to feedback any views or experiences relating to the testing process for overseas doctors, please contact

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