Listen Foreign doctors in the UK will face a more rigorous assessment, after figures showed a high proportion of doctors who are disciplined are from overseas. In the last five years, 63% of doctors either struck off or suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) were trained outside the UK. Yet they make up only 36% of doctors on the medical register. The GMC said new reforms included an induction programme, better checks and a review of the present testing system. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: “We absolutely acknowledge that when it comes to the serious end of the scale, those from overseas are more likely to appear, and we have set about a series of reforms to address this.” A new induction programme for all arriving doctors is due to launch as a pilot scheme in early 2013. It will combine online training in British medical practices with a one-day course covering some of the key issues facing new arrivals. Continue reading the main story Start Quote The UK is still short of doctors and so we must ensure that those who come from overseas are given adequate support End Quote Dr Vivienne Nathanson BMA There will also be a review of the Performance and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test for overseas doctors. This is the system whereby doctors have to demonstrate their clinical skills and competence before they can join the medical register in the UK. The GMC said there is also a new system of checks – known as revalidation – that began this month. This requires all doctors in the UK to show they are keeping up to date and are fit to practise, based on an annual appraisal and feedback from patients, doctors, nurses and other colleagues. The UK is the first country in the world to introduce such a system across its whole healthcare system, the GMC said in a statement. The figures for disciplinary action were initially obtained in a Freedom of Information request to the GMC by the Sunday Telegraph . They show that in the last five years, there have been 669 doctors either struck off or suspended, and 420 of them were trained abroad.