I am re-posting this subject because I am sure that lots of people on here will be interested to know what happens in the NHS.
Daily Mail dated 5th December 2015: Headline: " Betrayal of every patient"
NHS barred from making checks on the qualifications of EU doctors and nurses.
"Thousands of European doctors and nurses will be allowed to work in the UK without vital checks on their qualifications and safety. Under new EU rules they will be handed electronic passports which automatically enable them to practise in hospitals and GP surgeries. ..... The passports will be issued to European nurses, midwives and some other staff from January 1st and doctors in two years. It means UK regulators will have to give applicants licences to practice without first checking they have the necessary qualifications and have not lied on forms or been suspended.
There are already concerns about existing EU rules WHICH PREVENT THEM SPEAKING ENGLISH BECAUSE THIS COULD IMPEDE THEIR 'FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT' RIGHTS. Regulators can only request certificates stating EU workers have already passed English tests - whereas those applying from elsewhere in the world face rigorous exams.
Experts say the new passports - European Professional Cards- will jeopardise patient safety even further".
There is more on this article from the 5th December 2015.
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