Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The Commission does not intend to propose legislation in the area of criminal liability of doctors.
However, Council Recommendation 2009/C 151/01(1) encourages Member States to disseminate information to patients on complaint procedures, available remedies and redress, and the terms and conditions applicable in case of being harmed while receiving healthcare. This recommendation further asks Member States to encourage health professionals to actively report adverse events, while clearly stating that such reporting should be differentiated from Member States’ disciplinary systems and procedures for healthcare workers.
Directive 2011/24/EU(2) on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare requires Member States to ensure that transparent complaint procedures and mechanism are in place to allow patients to seek remedies if they suffer harm arising from receiving cross-border healthcare. It also requires all healthcare providers to have appropriate professional liability insurance and to provide information to patients thereof.
Member States will establish national contact points that give information on a health professional's right to provide services or any restrictions on its practice, as well as information on complaint procedures. Member States need to transpose this directive by 25 October 2013.