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Threat of new European legislation to health care exaggerated

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7476.1204-d (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1204
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission has forcefully rejected claims from the medical profession that draft legislation being negotiated in Brussels would pose a serious threat to the NHS. But it has admitted that the text now on the table must be reworked to remove existing ambiguities.

    Margot Froehlinger, a senior commission official told a public hearing organised by the European Parliament last week, “The commission understands the particular sensitivity of health. It accepts that the implications are not entirely clear and that the text needs to be improved. However, it [the draft legislation] will not require member states …

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