Doctors without specialty in primary education: Europe ‘has been erased’

The European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides.

The European Commission has retreated into the open debate about hiring doctors who have no specialty to fill the positions of First concern given the shortage of professionals affecting some areas. After the criticism of the international organizations of doctors on this phenomenon, Brussels has clarified Medical writing that the power to regulate access to a profession corresponds only to the respective countries that make up the community bloc.

This has been stated by the governing body of the European Commission Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications approved in 2005 already constitutes one automatic system” to regulate the “broad range of medical specialties” in the group of 27 Member States, with specific references to the characteristics of general practitioners in several of his articles.

“Member States can decide to regulate access to a profession if they wish, as long as this Regulation is proportionate and necessary to ensure that the aim pursued is achieved. Within those limits, they may require a qualification in a relevant medical specialty. Brussels sources have exposed this newspaper.

The only condition that Brussels wanted to make clear is that when countries adopt or amend new rules that affect access to a profession such as medicine, they must ensure that the provisions “Do not discriminate (directly or indirectly) on the basis of nationality or place of residence” to candidates from other areas of the European Union the same conditions as nationals of the host Member State”, the Commission said.


European doctors take a stand

This reaction takes place after the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) has issued a call to countries like Spain, Portugal or Romania so they don’t resort to doctors with no specialty to fill primary care vacancies. The organization representing 20 states expressed fears at its last General Assembly in Slovenia that this situation will spread to the old continent.

The institution, which is represented by the General Council of Official Colleges of Physicians (Cgcom) of Spain, identified the problem in different autonomous communities of the national territory. A phenomenon that has been observed in some cases pediatricians have had to consult adults and vice versa in some health services.

In the same position is placed the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) which has expressed its rejection of alternatives such as those put forward by Portuguese government to bring non-specialist doctors for consultation in health centers under guardianship of physicians who have completed their family medicine residency. A decision that, in his opinion, can come to an end implications for “patient safety”.

“Transfer powers from doctors to other professionals It’s not going to solve the problem.”explained Medical writing UEMS general secretary, João Grenhoduring one of his visits to Spain to discuss the competence model for doctors.

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