§ Mr. McMahon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the standards of overseas doctors as a group; and what agreements he has reached with the Overseas Doctors Association to improve standards among qualified doctors employed in the Health Service.
§ Mr. Fairgrieve
All doctors have to be registered with the General Medical Council before they may practise in this country and I am satisfied with the criteria which the General Medical Council applies to the registration of doctors who have qualified overseas. The control of standards is the responsibility of the statutory authorities; the Overseas Doctors Association has no role in this matter.