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European health ministers focus on migration of health workers

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2347 (Published 11 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2347
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Hungary, which currently holds the six month, rotating presidency of the European Union, is drawing attention to the problems caused by the exodus of health professionals from eastern to western Europe. The migration was at the centre of the informal meeting of European Union health ministers at Gödöllő near Budapest on 4 and 5 April.

Miklós Szócska, Hungary’s minister for healthcare, warned that migration from central and eastern European countries is so great that the very safety of some national health systems is at risk. Doctors …

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