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GMC gears up to support extra international doctors wanting to work in the UK

Hundreds more overseas doctors are applying to work in the UK each year, according to figures released by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The regulator assesses the skills of non-EU doctors who want to join the UK medical register, and is adapting to deal with an increased demand in the numbers applying to take the practical exam they must pass before they can work here.

Demand for the multiple choice and practical Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) exams means that the GMC is now adding additional test dates at weekends, in a move aimed at supporting a healthy supply of doctors into UK practice.

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