Monday, 5 October 2009

The NHS, the EU and the Government: Would you want to put your life in their hands?

More great news from the NHS...
There have been several cases recently where foreign doctors working for the NHS have not only put patients at risk, but have cost lives. Alasdair Palmer examined some of these cases in The Telegraph. Palmer looks at the issues surrounding the death of David Gray, "a 70-year-old man killed when a foreign doctor covering for his GP visited his home and injected him with 10 times the recommended dose of the painkiller diamorphine."

The NHS is in shambles and they are forced to hire potentially unqualified, foreign doctors - further contributing to the massive problems facing Britain's health care system. Why does the NHS hire unqualified, foreign doctors? Because the NHS is required to based on EU regulations:

He was allowed to practise in the UK because of an EU directive promoting "free movement" within the EU.
That directive states that each EU country has to accept, as a sufficient warrant to practise medicine, qualifications obtained in any other EU country. Britain's General Medical Council is therefore not permitted to examine doctors who have gained their qualifications elsewhere in Europe, in order to establish whether they can safely treat patients here. It cannot even, it says, force other EU countries to provide full information on the doctors' records – for example, whether they have been struck off – or give them a test to ensure that they can speak English adequately.

Good news though - the NHS does test the English proficiency of doctors moving to the UK from Australia and New Zealand - you know, those countries where English is the official language.

File this under the "Glories of Public Health Care in an EU member state."