Focus: BrusselsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1534a (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1534
- Rory Watson
For doctors communautaire
Whatever its faults the European Union has been a major catalyst for travel—by both people and ideas. Less red tape and the gradual erosion of national borders have made life easier for tourists, students, and professionals wanting to venture abroad. But that flexibility can bring new headaches for professionals who want to work in another country.
Doctors were among the first professionals to hammer out arrangements on mutual recognition of qualifications and freedom to practise throughout the union. But the number of doctors who now practise in a country other than the one in which they trained is surprisingly low. The United Kingdom is the most popular destination, with 956 other European Union nationals registered (including 185 from Ireland, 179 from Germany, and 160 from Greece). There are sizeable numbers too in Greece (205), Belgium (182), and France (136) but hardly any in …