EU drive to free movement of doctors across Europe could damage patient safety, warns GMC

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 01 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4200
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Plans by the European Commission to simplify legislation that allows doctors and nurses to work anywhere in the European Union could have a detrimental effect on the safety of patients, claims the United Kingdom’s medical regulator.

The General Medical Council gave a stark warning about the commission’s plans when giving evidence on 30 June to the House of Lords EU social policies and consumer protection subcommittee, as part of its inquiry into the mobility of healthcare professionals.

Peers on the committee are holding the inquiry in response to the ongoing European Commission review of its directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications—which aims to have all member states recognise each other’s healthcare qualifications and simplify the movement of …

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