Doctors: Migrant Workers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what verification checks are undertaken by his Department on the qualifications of EU citizens practicing medicine in the UK.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department does not verify qualifications of European Union citizens practising medicine in the United Kingdom. The verification of professional qualifications is a matter for the General Medical Council (GMC) and local employers.

The GMC is the independent regulator of doctors in the UK. All doctors must register with the GMC to be able to practise in the UK. Verification of professional qualifications is part of the GMC’s registration process.

NHS Employers advises employing organisations to undertake professional registration and qualifications verification checks.

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