NHS will be SAFER when we leave the EU, says top surgeon

Clare Marx, the first woman President of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), said Brexit could give the NHS the impetuous to clamp down on poor English skills among staff.

Miss Marx said top health officials should “seize the moment” by making English language tests harder.

She said ditching EU working time rules would allow surgeons to undergo up to 3,000 hours of extra training, with patients safety being the primary beneficiary.

Miss Marx said: “We are concerned that the current testing remains insufficient and risks patient safety.

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Clare Marx, the first woman President of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), said Brexit could give the NHS the impetuous to clamp down on poor English skills among staff.

Miss Marx said top health officials should “seize the moment” by making English language tests harder.

She said ditching EU working time rules would allow surgeons to undergo up to 3,000 hours of extra training, with patients safety being the primary beneficiary.

Miss Marx said: “We are concerned that the current testing remains insufficient and risks patient safety.

A fatal blunder occurred in 2008 when German national Dr Daniel Ubani gave a patient 10 times the recommended dose of the painkiller diamorphine.

Miss Marx said Brexit could allow the UK to have a higher standard of surgical equipment which are currently signed off by EU regulators.

She told the Telegraph: “The gold standard of testing and regulation is in Great Britain.

“We would like to see proper standards on medical devices imported from other countries.

“At present the testing in Europe is not as stringent as the UK requirement.”

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