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London.—I have just returned from Dublin; Eire has no monarch, yet I was examining candidates on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Eire is a foreign nation-an independent sovereign state-yet I did not need a passport or have to go through Customs. I can practice in Eire without getting a work permit; my qualifications are as valid there as the Irish graduate's are in the United Kingdom. Through long association medical training has grown up similarly in the two countries, and there are no practical difficulties.
Now, we are both member states of the European Economic Community (EEC), along with France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Denmark. In theory, a doctor from any one of these countries can practice in any other, or indeed in all of the countries, but specialists will need specialty registration that should be legally instituted by December 1976. So
EVANS PR. LETTERS FROM ABROAD. Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(1):106. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120140108021