Minister backs EU plan for alert system on doctors whose fitness to practise is questioned

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4597
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The UK government is backing European Union proposals for a cross country alert system to deal with doctors whose fitness to practise is questioned.

Alerts were vital for patient safety, said the public health minister, Anne Milton, who was appearing before the House of Lords’ EU social policies and consumer protection subcommittee on 14 July, as part of the committee’s inquiry into the European directive that regulates the movement of healthcare professionals across the EU.

The European Commission is reviewing the directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, so that all member states recognise each other’s healthcare qualifications and simplify movement of clinicians across countries. The commission has produced a green paper on …

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