The influence of law on the practice of medicine in Europe has required physicians to become as skilled in understanding the rules and laws of healthcare as they are in treating illnesses. Today a physician should not only be able to communicate with patients, diagnose diseases and successfully treat them, but he/she should be well versed with the complex legal and regulatory systems that govern what type of medical care should be delivered to patients and what type of medical devices should be used.
Here are some of the laws implemented by the European Union.
Medical students are often enthusiastic about new clinical opportunities which tempt them to try their hands at patient care, particularly if the problem seems simple. However, this situation can risk a student’s future. A medical student is not allowed to practice medicine without a license even if it monitored of a supervising physician. If the student is found guilty, they may not be allowed to complete their medical degree, and even if the college/university does graduate the student, it would be difficult for them to get a license or residency training.
No matter how capable the student is or how close to finishing training, medical students do not have legal authority to practice medicine as well as introducing medical students to patients as a doctor, young doctor or student doctor which is illegal. Everything that a medical student does should be reviewed by a licensed physician.
The European Union has implemented the regulation on medical devices as well, to ensure better protection of public health and patient safety and restricting those products that are unsafe or have limited clinical use. Ranging from simple sticking plaster and contact lenses to sophisticated pacemakers, IPL machines, microdermabrasion machines and hip replacements, medical devices are important to the health of patient and quality of life. Patients rely on these devices every day and expect them to be safe and incorporate the latest progress in science and innovation. Medical devices cannot be placed on the European market without a CE mark. This conformity mark ensures that all the medical devices are safe and can be used in medical settings. However, medical students are not allowed to use these machines unless they are also licensed and trained to use them.
European Union has made it clear that it is particularly important to follow the laws of medical practice when prescribing drugs. Medical students are not allowed to prescribe drugs to patients and those who violate this rule may be subjected to criminal prosecution and punishment. A student can act as a transcribers of orders, only if the licensed physician signs or approves them. Hospital and office staff also should not act on an order given by the medical student unless it is signed by the licensed physician. Even in an emergency, the hospital staff should follow the established protocols and orders of the physician and not the medical student.
These are some of the laws implemented by the European Union on medical students which should be followed under all circumstances.