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France, Italy, and Spain split from EU doctors’ lobby group

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1433 (Published 26 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1433
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. 1Vienna

    France, Italy, and Spain have withdrawn from a key European doctors’ organisation that lobbies the European Union on public health policy and working conditions.

    The three countries are halting cooperation with the Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens (Standing Committee of European Doctors) because of its failure to deal with longstanding concerns about voting rights. The current voting system gives one vote to each country, but some countries with larger numbers of doctors argue they should have more than one vote.

    The committee, which was formed in 1959 and is based in Brussels, represents two million doctors. Its members are the biggest organisation representing the medical profession …

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