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Health minister: Foreign doctors must speak Danish

health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby (V) believes that there is a need to sharpen the language skills of doctors from EU countries. It happens after that the DR

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Health minister: Foreign doctors must speak Danish

health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby (V) believes that there is a need to sharpen the language skills of doctors from EU countries.

It happens after that the DR documentary 'The foreign doctors' on Monday evening revealed problems with lack of language skills of doctors from EU countries, working in the Danish health care system

- There must not be any doubt that the foreign doctors need to be able to Danish. Patients must be able to understand their doctor, the doctor should be able to understand the patient, and the physician must be able to communicate understandably with his colleagues, says health minister Ellen Trane Nørby.

Therefore, she has introduced a bill, where she reaches out for the regions that she believes must ensure that doctors can speak understandable English.

the bill states that regional, city councils and private businesses must ensure that their employees, healthcare professionals are in possession of the language skills.

- even Though the rules are clear, we can see that the regions do not adequately take responsibility for the doctors language skills are in place, she says.

Vice president of the Unity folketingsgruppe, Nikolaj Villumsen, criticizing the minister of health to run from her responsibility in case of lack of sprogkundskab of doctors from other EU countries on Danish hospitals.

- It is irresponsible to the minister of health is trying to wipe the responsibility of the regions in this serious matter. We should be asking exactly the same sharp language requirements for EU doctors, as we today make to physicians from as the UNITED states and Pakistan, when applying for a Danish lægeautorisation, he says.

the Parliament treated in may 2018, a proposal from the party for tighter control of the linguistic and professional skills of EU doctors. It was supported by the Danish people's Party. The device will now re-submit the proposal in the Parliament to tighten controls on doctors from EU countries.

- When in the past we have proposed tighter language requirements in the Danish parliament as the current government has rejected it with regard to the bureaucratic EU rules, he says.

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