Politico reports that outgoing Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis waded into the increasingly heated EU debate over the recruitment of foreign health care professionals, criticizing the U.K. for its plan to hire doctors and nurses from abroad for its labor-strapped health system.
“The U.K. government has only one way: to invite practitioners from less developed countries,” Andriukaitis said in a press conference about the state of health in the EU. “But it’s unfair and absolutely unethical.”
Responding to criticism that the EU has contributed to brain drain of medical staff from poorer to richer countries in the bloc, Andriukaitis said it was up to member countries to agree among themselves about how to solve the problem.
“We need to have intergovernmental agreement, to see what we can do,” he said.