Refugee doctors will no longer have to find the money to sit the first partof the test they are required to pass to demonstrate their linguisticcompetence. The General Medical Council has waived the £145 fee for refugee doctors tosit part one of the Professional Linguistics Assessment Board test. The testaims to ensure overseas doctors have the competence and communication skills towork as senior house officers. Dr Edwin Borman, chairman of the BMA’s International Committee, said,”We appreciate this initiative and hope it will be extended to the secondpart of the more expensive PLAB exam. “Currently it takes about 12 to 15 months for the Home Office to processasylum applications and we’re concerned that doctors classified asasylum-seekers may not be able to recommence their studies sufficiently if theyare exempted from this offer. We hope the GMC will extend the initiative toasylum- seekers.” Lew Swift, head of personnel and corporate services at the Walton Centre forNeuroscience, said, “Anything that helps us to recruit doctors in theshortage specialities has got to be a good thing. However, there’s a dangerthat there will be complaints from those who have to pay.” Test fee waived for refugee doctorsOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.