The EU is not supposed to have competence over National Healthcare systems. Yet, in the UK, the seeping effects of EU directives are devastating doctor's training and patients' safety day by day.

The Working Time Directive, and in particular the European Court of Justice rulings in SiMAP and Jaeger, has had a negative impact on junior doctor training, the continuity of patient care, waiting lists, NHS finances and doctors themselves (for example through inappropriate working practices and fatigue). It has also been cited by Coroners as contributing to patient deaths.

Separately, the EU's Directive on Professional Qualifications, has led to doctors with insufficient language skills being able to practice in the UK, and in turn to a number of serious instances of harm to patients.

This Paper presents a robust analysis of these issues, and proposes a number of practical solutions available to the UK.

The EU and the NHS (27 Nov 2012)

The EU and the NHS paper can be downloaded here.

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