25th January, 1940.
Mr. or Mrs. J. Beck,
162 Hampton Road,
Dear Sir (or Madam),
Mrs. Brown has written to me with reference to a letter which you wrote to her on the 18th inst., asking for information for a Spanish refugee doctor.
It is very difficult to know what is happening in the various Medical Schools at the present time with regard to the classes for refugee and foreign born doctors, but just before the war it was essential for a foreign born or alien person who had medical degrees in a Foreign University and wanted to practise in this country or in the British Empire to satisfy certain conditions.
First, he must get permission from the Aliens' Department of the Home Office to stay in this country for the requisite number of months or years required for the period of shortened prescribed medical study; secondly, he would have to obtain permission from a Medical School — if in London, one of the Medical Schools attached to the big Voluntary Hospitals, or if in the provinces, those attached to the provincial Universities, whether in England, Scotland or Ireland, for permission to study in their school, and, thirdly, he must be prepared to spend at least two years in taking the prescribed shortened Course of Medical Study laid down and then sit for the Medical Examination for the recognised qualification before being allowed to practise.
In one of the Medical Colleges in Scotland just before the war they allowed certain foreign born medical graduates to attend a Course of only one year's duration, but I doubt whether this is being allowed at the present time.
This is the recognised information, and to enable any foreign medical graduate to obtain the right to practise in this country he must conform to these conditions, and especially to take the Course and to pass the required medical examinations.