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Draft EU legislation threatens patient safety, says BMA

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1064
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Draft legislation designed to make it easier for a wide range of professions in the services sector to work anywhere in the European Union would pose a serious threat to health safeguards for patients and to the NHS, the BMA claimed last week.

    The BMA fears that the proposed services directive, tabled by the European Commission earlier this year, would limit the ability of individual member states to set their own standards, clinical guidelines, and qualification rules for doctors and other health professions working within their borders.

    Under the “country of origin” principle …

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