The European Junior Doctors (EJD) is concerned about informal payment in healthcare and is continually monitoring situations in European countries where this is present.
The EJD warns and reminds that informal payment in healthcare affects and harms the accessibility and quality of healthcare, influences relations between healthcare professionals and patients, impacts on working conditions and the financial status of both patients and healthcare staff.
The EJD stresses that the existence of informal payments highly endangers the quality of undergraduate and postgraduate medical training. Any kind of informal payments are unacceptable.
Countries facing this problem should re-consider the structure of their healthcare system including financial resources, infrastructure and the salaries of professionals. A dialogue and consensus is needed among society, healthcare professionals, administrations and politicians.
The EJD strongly opposes corruption in healthcare and calls for action against this, both on national and European levels.