EC rights for Doctors/spouse of EU citizens that are required to take the Plab exams.

EC rights for Doctors/spouse of EU citizens that are required to take the Plab exams.

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Benedict A started this petition to General Medical Council and

My petition is one that will impact a lot of families and the British community, especially at this very difficult time.

My petition is for the GENERAL  MEDICAL  COUNCIL UK, to remove a clause that has stopped many EU spouses that are qualified doctors with experience in Europe or abroad, from registering in the UK as medical doctors. 

Under the current EU law that allows free movement, an EU citizen that is a medical doctor, if they move into the UK, they can get the Plab exam(a medical licensing exam) waived, this is because of the automatic recognition of degrees of the EU citizen, regardless of where or which country they studied in. If they have adequate medical experience(which will be thoroughly scrutinised) and pass their English language exam, they can get a full license and be under supervision until they are deemed fully competent and pass all competencies.  Likewise, British citizens can also move to anywhere in Europe, pass the language exams in those countries and get their license to practice medicine as well. This encourages free movement and transfer of expertise. 

Although, this sounds easy, it is a lengthy process that requires thorough checks to make sure the doctor has an adequate and accepted medical degree, which is a good and safe thing to do.

 

MAIN ISSUE!!!

In the past, spouse's  of EU citizens who are doctors can also derive a right to get it waived and get either full or provisional license(depending on medical internship). If they get provisional license, they take further exams and do more training under supervison for up to two years, before getting the full medical license. The current GMC rules have made this almost impossible, with the addition of one more requirement, which got added to this list some years ago "Proof of your entitlement to practise medicine
in the relevant European State from which the
national of the relevant European State
has or will re-locate to the UK. For example, a
verifiable letter from the relevant competent
authority in that state.
Evidence of your medical qualification
alone is not sufficient evidence"

This means, a spouse, even if not familiar with the EU nationals language, should get a proof that they have been accepted to practice medicine in the EU nationals country, even if they have not studied there or even lived there before. The EU citizen on the other hand can study anywhere and then get EC right because of the EU passport. The free movement law states that the spouse's also derive this right.

QUESTION?

WHY DOES THE EU CITIZEN NOT PROVIDE A PROOF THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED  TO PRACTICE MEDICNE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY? HOW CAN THEY SPOUSE  PROVIDE THIS PROOF IF EU CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO SKIP THIS HUDDLE AND GO STRAIGHT TO GET PROVISIONAL OR FULL LICENSE TO PRACTISE. This makes it look like the EU passport is what is been looked at and not the ability of the doctor.

APPEAL!

The GMC should please review this and  allow good doctors that are spouse to EU citizens to at least get their EC right, get Plab waived and work with these doctors or create a competency pathway for them so they can contribute in assisting the NHS in this period of Covid-19 Pandemic.

Some doctors that are spouse's of EU citizens registered with the general medical council some years ago and are doing well, some of the unlucky ones that are affected by the new list are working as healthcare assistants, doing personal care in care homes, doing project management in the UK or driving Uber when they can be using their knowledge somewhere in the NHS. The exams are too many and very expensive, waiving PLAB(which used to be the case) and creating a competency pathway for them will help with getting more NHS staffing.

The government has considered calling back retired doctors and they are considering accelerating final year medical and allied health professionals students to join force, even before graduating or passing their exams. Some university exams have been waived or cancelled as the country needs healthcare staffs urgently. Why not look into getting us doctors that have already graduated, with good experience , living in the UK and working in non medical fields because of a clause in the List for EC rights.

 

I understand with the current issues around Brexit, things might be a bit up tight, but seeing how the rules are been changed in order to help boost the number of healthcare professionals in the UK, it will be good to see the GMC look into this briefly, removing that clause on the list for a short time, so that spouses of EU citizens, living in the UK and working as uber drivers, supermarket workers, who are already qualified medical doctors with internship experience, who meet all other requirements, can register with the GMC, get training, supervision, pass competencies and thus support us in this difficult times.

We at the frontline are in the brink of a collapse.

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