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1992 - PMQT Written Answers 1st July 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 1st July 1992.


PRIME MINISTER:

Freedom of Movement (Doctors)

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Prime Minister if he will use the British presidency of the EC Council of Ministers to press for reform of the EC directive granting freedom of movement within Europe to doctors so as to include doctors who qualified in non-EC countries.

The Prime Minister : Before we could agree to any such proposals we should need to be satisfied with the standard of non-EC qualifications recognised in other member states.

Our overriding aim must be to ensure that the safety and high quality of medical care provided for NHS patients is not endangered. The Commission is examining the issue and negotiations are taking place between health officials of member states.