GMC calls for greater safeguards when doctors and patients move across EU borders

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 04 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a682
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A new draft directive from the European Commission giving patients the right to access treatment in other European Union member states (BMJ 2008;337:a676, 3 Jul, doi: 10.1136/bmj.a676) must be accompanied by greater safeguards for patients, the General Medical Council says.

    The GMC, the regulatory body for doctors in the United Kingdom, is calling for firmer legal duties on regulators across the European Union to share information, test doctor’s language competence, and create mechanisms to ensure that doctors’ performance and competence are acceptable.

    It said that the draft directive on patients’ rights in cross border health care “potentially represents a significant change in access to and delivery of healthcare across Europe” …

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