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Below Former EU Health Commissioner Byrne’s statement to HFE’s members:

“I am pleased and honoured to become a Patron of Health First Europe. The formation of this new health organisation, Health First Europe, with the main aim of promoting access for patients to effective modern and affordable healthcare is well timed.

The combined impacts of enlargement, demographics and medical innovation require policy developments and legal solutions to ensure that patients’ access to health is promoted and protected. The skills and experience of the combined membership of HFE together with its vision can lead to the achievement of these aims.

I am grateful for the opportunity to assist this important work.”

David Byrne served as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection from 1999 to 2004. Also he was 26th Attorney General of Ireland from 1997 to 1999 and  Chancellor of Dublin City University from 2006 to 2011. Under his leadership as EU Commissioner, the European Union created the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2004 aiming to protect citizens with better protection for any diseases and future epidemics.