Rules on EU doctors threaten patients’ safety, says House of Lords report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6793
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

European Union rules allowing doctors and other healthcare professionals free mobility within the European Union pose an “unacceptable risk” to the safety of patients, says a report from the House of Lords.

The EU’s directive on mutual recognition of professional qualifications strikes the wrong balance between allowing professionals to work in all EU countries and ensuring the safety of patients, says the social policy and consumer protection subcommittee of the House of Lords’ European Union select committee.

The issue hit the headlines in 2009 when Daniel Ubani, a locum doctor from Germany on his first stint working for an out of hours service in …

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