European views about accession
Ioana Vlad finds out what our European colleagues in both member and accession states think about workflow between member states come 1 May
The United Kingdom is gearing up for an “invasion” of doctors from the accession states (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia) come 1 May 2004,1 but what are the views from the rest of Europe? Differences in training, numbers, pay, and working conditions are stacked against the accession states, and member states might not want their new colleagues to contribute to their workforce.
Merte Bosch, delegate to the European Union of General Practitioners from the Hartmannbund (the German medical association) sets the scene, “It is not absolutely clear yet to what date salaried doctors from countries that are to join the EU [European Union] will enjoy the free movement following the EU directives. We suppose that for doctors who want to open a practice this will be possible with the entry into the EU of their country.”
The current member states