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Doctors (Eec Employment)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information she has about the proposals for hospital doctors to undertake additional sessions on weekends in Common Market countries.

I am aware of Press reports that some doctors have been working in Common Market countries during their holidays and off-duty weekends. However, I have no information about specific proposals relating to this practice.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many medical vacancies she has included in the EEC register; how many British doctors have asked to be included in the section of those wishing to accept employment in Common Market countries; if this register is available for public inspection; and if she will make a statement.

The directives concerning the freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services of doctors within the EEC were adopted by the Council on 16th June. Member States are not, however, required to implement the directives until 18 months after the date of notification, that is, until 20th December 1976. The Department will be discussing with the Employment Services Agency of the Department of Employment what arrangements should be made for the notification in other EEC countries of vacancies for salaried doctors in the United Kingdom and the provision of advice to British doctors who wish to practise in other EEC countries.