Health First Europe welcomes Miroslav Ouzký as new MEP supporter

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HFE is pleased to announce that Miroslav Ouzký, a Czech MEP, joined HFE list of MEP supporters in October this year. He sits in the committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and he […]

NEWS: HFE welcomes political agreement on cross-border directive

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Health First Europe’s Honorary President and former MEP rapporteur of the draft directive on patient’s rights in cross-border healthcare, John Bowis, welcomed the political agreement reached at the EPSCO council meeting of ministers on health and consumer’s policy yesterday. This agreement clears the way for a second reading at the European Parliament.

NEWS: Strong views on the Late Payment Directive

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Since the European Commission launched its small business act for Europe in 2008, several discussions have been going on concerning the thorny issue of late payment. Up to 80 per cent of the medical sector is composed of SMEs […]

NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes two new appointments within the European Commission

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Health First Europe welcomes the two new appointments within the European Commission. Paola Testori-Coggi, the former deputy head of DG SANCO, has been appointed Director General. She will replace Robert Madelin who will be moving […]

EVENT SUMMARY – HFE reception at the European Parliament: “EU legislation to reduce injuries for healthcare workers”

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On 23 March 2010, Health First Europe (HFE) celebrated the adoption by the EPSCO Council of the Directive implementing the Framework Agreement on the prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector.

NEWS: HFE welcomes Directive on prevention from sharp injuries

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Health First Europe (HFE) welcomes the adoption, at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), of the Council Directive implementing the Framework Agreement on the prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare.

EDITORIAL: Europe gets serious about minimizing needlestick injuries

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New legislation was recently passed by the EU to protect Europe’s healthcare workers from potentially fatal blood-borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. John Bowis, Health First Europe (HFE) Honorary President, comments on the new directive and its significance to paramedic practice.

NEWS: Information to patients and for consumers will be Health Commissioner Priorities

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The European Commissioner designate for Health and Consumer Policy, the Maltese John Dalli faced a public hearing on Thursday 14th January by the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) in association with the EP Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committ


NEWS: HFE has launched a feedback survey

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HFE has launched a feedback survey on the 30 September 2009 European Parliament Training Event. This survey aims to collect information and peer evaluations on HFE work as well as suggestions for future activities. The consultation […]

EVENT SUMMARY: Next Steps on Patient Safety in the EU: Eradicating Health Care Associated Infections in the 21st Century

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Health First Europe’s roundtable in the European Parliament was co-hosted by MEPs Liz Lynne (ALDE, UK) and Amalia Sartori (EPP, Italy) and focused on the significant burden of Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) on Europe’s healthcare systems. The event highlighted how European healthcare systems are in crisis, requiring urgent and concrete EU action.

EXHIBITION: HFE to raise awareness on quality and safety at an exhibition in the European Parliament

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Throughout the week of 5-9 January 2009, Health First Europe (HFE) is holding an exhibition in the European Parliament, in Brussels, under the patronage of MEP Elizabeth Lynne, with the aim of raising awareness on the quality and safety of patients and health care workers in Europe.


EVENT SUMMARY: Health First Europe hosts special event for Mel Read’s final farewell

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On 26 November 2008, Health First Europe (HFE) hosted a special farewell dinner to celebrate Mel Read’s glittering reign as HFE’s first Honorary President. The members of the HFE Executive and Advisory Committees thanked Ms […]

NEWS: Health First Europe to held its New Horizons Congress: Tackling the healthcare challenges of today for a healthier tomorrow

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Health First Europe is glad to announce the date of its Health First Europe New Horizons Congress: Tackling the healthcare challenges of today for a healthier tomorrow. It will be held on Wednesday, 12th November 2008, in the […]

MEP Frieda Brepoels brings her support to HFE

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Health First Europe is very pleased to welcome MEP Frieda Brepoels (Belgium, EPP-ED) as a new HFE MEP Supporter. Frieda Brepoels is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety since […]

NEWS: David Byrne, Patron of Health First Europe, welcomes adoption of cross-border healthcare directive

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David Byrne, the Patron of Health First Europe and former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, welcomes the adoption of the proposal for Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.

NEWS: HFE MEP supporter Liz Lynne calls for better protection from needlestick injuries and HAIs

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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.