IMGs need support, not Shakespeare

GAPS in the English language proficiency of international medical graduates, raised during a recent parliamentary inquiry, have  renewed debate about the need for better supports for IMGs.

Dr Bruce Mugford, CEO of SA regional training provider Sturt Fleurieu, said media reporting of his comments made during a public hearing focusing on registration of IMGs – in which he suggested that many were not up to standard – had missed his point that English proficiency didn’t guarantee good communication.

“What happens when someone comes [into the practice] and says ‘I’m crook in the guts’?” Dr Mugford told MO.

“We remain respectful of the contribution [IMGs] make to this community but we need to support them to bring those communication skills up to the point that’s appropriate for practising in the country.”

Rural Doctors Association of South Australia president Dr