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Diana puts pressure on dodgy doctors

November 16, 2011 4:45 PM
Diana Dodgy doctor has, along with her fellow Euro MPs, sent a strong signal of support to the European Commission to put in place a cross border alert system to stop so-called 'dodgy doctors' from moving from country to country to continue malpractice.
The NHS relies heavily on the EU's free movement of labour with almost 1 in 10 health care professionals trained outside the UK.
Calling on improved coordination between Member States to stop incompetent professionals simply crossing borders to set up shop in a different country, Diana said:
"There is no doubt that doctors and nurses trained outside the UK provide vital services to the NHS. However, we must ensure that vulnerable patients can have peace of mind as to the competency of all health care professionals.
"There should be a pro-active alert mechanism between Member State authorities to warn each other of incompetent and rogue doctors and nurses. This sort of cooperation is what the EU was set up to do.
"It is also particularly important that there are no language barriers between doctors and patients.
"It is now up to the European Commission to come forward with proposals to ensure the best quality of treatment across Europe and propose new legislation if necessary."