Belgian doctors' freedom to be guaranteed

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:993

A breakthrough is hoped for this week in the bitter dispute between the associations representing Belgium's doctors and the minister for health and pensions, Marcel Colla, over his proposed reforms. Representatives from doctors' associations, the sickness funds, and the government are due to sign an agreement on 24 April that will guarantee a doctor's freedom of practice, diagnosis, and treatment.

The Belgian association of doctors' syndicates has called the proposed law a “declaration of war on medical staff” …

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