Delegates at the Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Cardiff passed as a reference a motion stating ‘if a doctor is removed from the medical register in any one EU nation, they should be excluded from EU-wide medical practise’.
The motion was passed as a reference due to the inadequacy of its wording.
Speaking against the motion Dr John Canning from Cleveland LMC said there was a risk that in its current form the motion would stop doctors who had removed themselves from the register from practising, as well as those who had been struck off for malpractice.
BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said that although the motion was passed as a reference, the principle of the motion would not be overlooked by the BMA.
‘I don’t think there is any disagreement that if a doctor is not felt fit for practise for a genuine reason in one EU country they shouldn’t work in another country.
‘We saw with the Ubani case how he was found guilty in the UK but he is still practising in Germany and that doesn’t seem to be satisfactory,’ Dr Meldrum said.
Dr Meldrum said that the issue would be high on the BMA’s agenda and it would continue to lobby for other countries to provide better information on doctors who are unfit to practise.
‘If [doctors] are struck off and the GMC knows about it I think the likelihood of them being able to practise is probably quite low.
‘The problem is whether the GMC always knows about it and also knows the reasons as to why it happened, and that’s part of the issue,’ Dr Meldrum said.