Nigel Farage: doctors and nurses who don’t speak good English should be fired

Nigel Farage has called for the mass sacking from the National Health Service of doctors and nurses who do not have a good command of the English language.

The Ukip leader suggested it was “scandalous” that the health service was recruiting from abroad due to a lack of UK-trained staff and said it was natural that people in this country wanted to live alongside those who speak the same language.

Asked if he wanted to “winnow out” those who could not speak English, he told Sky News’ Murnaghan show: “Of course. Don’t we want to live in a country where we speak the same language?

“And isn’t it scandalous, isn’t it scandalous, that we’re not training enough nurses and doctors in our own country?

“And I don’t know about you, if you’ve ever been to a GP that didn’t speak very good English, it’s something people out there are talking about.