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Brussels, 3 April 2014 – EPHA welcomes the majority of the measures adopted yesterday by the European Parliament as part of the revision of the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVD) Directive. After a year and a half of proposals (1) and in-depth discussions, it is time to rebuild the trust of patients around Europe.
“As the protection of patient safety is a paramount objective, the European Parliament has today taken a (...)
On March 14, the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013.
The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focusing on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in the (...)
In December 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation on patient safety and quality of care in the EU, which ran until the end of February 2014. As Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health, EPHA contributed to this consultation and provided the Commission with the online questionnaire and a letter.
The consultation was aimed at seeking the opinion of civil society on:
Whether patient safety measures included in the Recommendation 2009 have been (...)
The Commission’s Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses continuous professional development to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU.
On 10 October 2013, a consortium led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and also consisting of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the European Midwives Association (EMA), the European (...)
A report launched on 10th March 2014 by the European civil society project «Health workers for all and all for health workers» (HW4All) warns of an impending crisis in Europe which will have a global impact.
The report "Health Workforce shortages and international mobility in the EU" analyses trends in the international recruitment of health workers in the European region and highlights three cross-cutting issues:
Human Resources for Health planning capacity across the European Union: (...)
There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets.
There is no inclusive growth without (...)
children and adolescents
poverty and health
Neo-natal and pre-school children’s health
social determinants of health
In September 2014, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest will launch a new Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing with specialisation in Health Economics.
Over two years, students will understand and analyse key issues and problems of future health systems faced bymiddle-income countries. The Masters Programme is based on three main components : basic courses, professional core material and specialisation in health economics. The latter provides (...)
On 4 February 2014, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, was invited at the European Policy Centre (EPC) to speak at a conference entitled “The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?”. According to Oranje-Nassau, it is currently incorrect to talk about a “finishing line” since the information and communication technologies (ICTs), on which the Digital Agenda relies on, are still at (...)
On 14 January, MEPs voted on a resolution in support of the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020, with the aim of improving healthcare for the benefit of patients, giving them more control of their care and bringing down healthcare costs through ICT: innovative and user-friendly eHealth and mHealth tools. While the benefits of ICT have been widely reported, what about the link between eHealth and health inequalities?
Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (...)
A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza vaccination, only one managed to reach the target for the older age priority group; moreover, data was scarce for other priority groups. A number of barriers identified in the report indicate the need for further reflection and discussion of seasonal flu vaccination involving all stakeholders (...)