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European Commission drops health from services proposal in face of opposition

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:560
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The health sector is to be excluded from draft European legislation designed to open up the market for services throughout the European Union's 25 member states. The European Commission in Brussels has decided to radically overhaul its original proposal because of wide ranging opposition to the plans it tabled last year to abolish national restrictions on service providers.

The abrupt U turn, announced last week by Charlie McCreevy, the internal market commissioner, has been welcomed by medical organisations and by the British government. They had always maintained that because of its unique nature, the health sector should not be covered by the new …

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