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EU doctor suspended from UK work for ‘poor English test’ – BBC News

An Italian doctor has been suspended from practising in the UK after failing an English language test.

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This seems like something rather controversial, but in my opinion, it’s not so much. It’s great that doctors want to be able to help others by practicing in various EU countries, but it should be imperative that those doctors can communicate and understand medical instructions correctly in the country they are in. The first thing that came to my mind was the entire reason that Translators Without Borders was created–to help bridge that communication gap, especially with medicine and aid. As this article states at the end, there was a precedence for this requirement for doctors licensed outside the UK and wanting reciprocal licensing to practice in the UK. I am not aware if there is anything like this in Canada or the US. (Let me know if this is the case in the comments.) I don’t think it’s anything but practical, really, if you think about it. If medical instructions are not communicated correctly, it could be a matter of life or death–literally. What do you think? Include your comments below. –TechCommGeekMom .

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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