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On 25 June 2008, the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs called for better protection of healthcare workers against needlestick and medical sharp injuries as well as better protection of patients and healthcare workers from healthcare-associated infections. This call took the form of two amendments, tabled by HFE MEP supporter Liz Lynne, to the Employment Committee’s opinion on the EU Health Strategy “Together for Health: A strategic approach for the EU 2008 – 2013”.

The complete report is to be adopted by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on 9 September and will be discussed in plenary on 8 October. The Health Strategy provides a general framework for all European Commission activities in the health policy field for its next term.