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Europe matters

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:460

And doctors should get involved

  1. Tessa Richards, Associate editora
  1. a BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    When “Europe” comes up on the agendas of medical organisations in Britain, many in the audience switch off. They have little interest in Europe. They don't think it matters to them. But this insular view is wrong. European legislation has had a major impact on medicine in Britain, and the week before the European parliament responds to a new proposal from the European Commission to reorganise the way it deals with health seems a good time to draw attention to this.

    The current upheaval in postgraduate specialist training, caused by the reorganisation in the wake of the Calman report,1 has its origins in the European Union. It was prompted by the commission's threat to take the British government to the European Court of Justice for not observing union law on mutual recognition of …

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