EU rule could let in poor doctors

Proposed EU rules could force the GMC and other health regulators to register doctors and nurses who do not meet UK standards, experts fear

EU directive could allow poorly trained doctors to practise in the UK
EU directive could allow poorly trained doctors to practise in the UK

The GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) gave evidence to the House of Lords EU social policies and consumer protection subcommittee last week.

They hit out at an EU directive on mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

GMC chairman Professor Sir Peter Rubin said that under the EU proposals, the UK would have no choice but to recognise doctors who had received lower quality training.

'In some other jurisdictions, the medical education would have been almost entirely classroom based, so they will have a medical degree which we will have no choice but to recognise, yet they will lack most of the skills you would expect a doctor to possess,' he said.

Chief executive and registrar of the NMC Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes said the NMC could be forced to register nurses and midwives who would not have been registered had they been UK applicants.

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