I was having a shower this morning when I heard a report on the radio on automatic recognition for EU doctors and medical staff in the UK.
Apparently they are not even subjected to a language test before gaining employment within the NHS.
Please tell me I misheard. Considering the monumental blunders we’ve seen from foreign doctors who don’t know the difference between normal and lethal doses of painkillers you’d expect more caution.
The German doctor convicted of the offence was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of £4,450 for causing death by negligence, but continues to practise in Germany. I wonder if his patients know? Or would that be against the doctor’s human rights?
Can someone tell me I got this wrong or are we subject to treatment from overseas medical staff whose credentials have been verified by no one?
Is this piece of ludicrous EU doctrine a case of ‘Patient Beware’ where we must have our own verification process?
What are we supposed to do – nip in to the hospital toilets with a laptop to authenticate the credentials on Google before we go down to the operating theatre?
I just hope I had soap in my ears and was listening to a comedy programme.