General Medical Council
Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice
20 Dec 2011
Responding to the publication of the proposal amending the recognition of qualifications Directive Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council said:
‘This proposed Directive covers a number of important issues that affect the safety of patients.
‘We are pleased to see that it includes, for the first time, a requirement for regulators across Europe to tell each other proactively when action has been taken against a doctor's registration.
‘The proposed changes on language requirements will however raise serious concerns for patients. We will study the detail carefully but it remains our view that the final Directive should provide greater safeguards for patients.
‘Over the coming months we will continue work with the UK Government, MEPs, other regulators, and EU institutions to ensure that the final version of the Directive focuses on protecting patients.’
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