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English test bars Australian doctor

Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by gene, May 20, 2002.

  1. gene

    gene Junior Member

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    "An Australian doctor is being prevented from practising in the UK because she has not passed an English test, even though it is her native language.
    Dr Marti Watt has been given a job at a surgery in Witney, Oxfordshire.

    But the General Medical Council has refused to give the GP permission to work until she takes an English test.

    Her local MP said the case is ludicrous and he is contacting the secretary of state for health asking for a change in the regulations relating to the appointment of GPs. " - bbc news

    isn't that cute? but it's wroooong! :D
    is IELTS so difficult?
     
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  3. The Pill Counter

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    I was born in England, but I'd have to pass IELTS to register with the GMC as well. It must be pretty sad that a native English speaker couldn't pass it. It's not supposed to be hard to pass.
     
  4. gene

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    that's good news. thanks.
    the forum is helping me a lot with my english, but it looks like I won't be long here..
     
  5. halothane

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    Australian flunked English test? Whats so suprising about that? They speak Australian and thus they are not native English speakers!!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Have you ever watched Aussie TV ? You need English subtitles if you are not from Australia!! :p
     
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    Its unclear to me whether or not she refused to TAKE the exam or failed it. Should be no suprise, but a similar exam is require of anyone who wishes to train in the US if they have undertaken medical school outside of the US and Canada. Even native English speakers.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by halothane:
    <strong>Australian flunked English test? Whats so suprising about that? They speak Australian and thus they are not native English speakers!!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Have you ever watched Aussie TV ? You need English subtitles if you are not from Australia!! :p </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I heard this from my friend. Apparently his friend went to Sydney - it was his first trip to Australia.

    The taxi driver outside the airport asked him, "Did you come here today?". And this person replied, "No, I came here to live".

    Did I mention that "today" in english is "to die" in Australian?
     

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