Cross Border Healthcare & Patient Mobility: Public Consultation on Scotland's Transposition and Implementation of Directive 2011/24 EU on the Application of Patients' Rights in Cross-border Healthcare.

This consultation document sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to implementation of the EU Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. It seeks views on the detail of the implementation, and examines the effects the Directive may have on Scotland’s health system.

Article 1 - Subject matter and scope

5.1 Article 1 sets the overall scope of the cross-border provisions within the Directive, including the areas in which the Directive does not apply. These are:

  • Long-term care;
  • Access to and allocation of organs (for transplantation);
  • Public vaccination programmes against infectious diseases (except with regard to Chapter IV via co-operation agreements).

5.2 The Directive covers treatment for long-term medical conditions (e.g. for dialysis, epilepsy etc.), which are within the scope, but not services which are described in our national arrangements as "social care" provision (e.g. personal care etc.). Long term care, in the sense of a service where the purpose is to support people in need of assistance with routine everyday tasks is specifically excluded from the scope of the Directive.


Email: John Brunton

Back to top