European regulators urge commission to tighten regulations on doctors’ cross border working

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6016
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors’ regulators from 23 countries in Europe are pressing the European Commission to tighten the requirements for doctors who practise outside their home country, to protect patients.

They want more stringent safety requirements to be imposed when the commission reviews the 2005 European directive on the mutual recognition of medical qualifications in 2012.

The move comes after concerns about the language skills of foreign doctors employed by locum agencies in the United Kingdom and the reciprocal arrangements that allow doctors registered in another European Union country to be registered by the UK regulator, the …

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