Health Professions: Migrant Workers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of medical professionals from overseas practicing in the UK who have not taken the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many complaints have been made against medical professionals from overseas who (a) have and (b) have not sat the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board in each of the last three years, by country of origin of the medical professional.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No specific estimate has been made and information on the number of complaints is not collected centrally. The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator of all medical doctors practising in the United Kingdom which sets and enforces the standards all doctors must adhere to. The GMC is responsible for operational matters, including investigating complaints it receives about medical professionals and the administration of Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board tests. The GMC has advised that the information is not currently held in the format requested. The GMC is analysing and validating this data for future publication.

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