NEWS: Healthcare for person with disability – Home and abroad

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On 25th January 2017, HFE joined the conference on access to healthcare for persons with disabilities organised by the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IFSBH) in cooperation with the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).

NEWS: Don’t Brexit on rare disease patients – The case of primary immunodeficiencies

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On Tuesday 24th January 2017, Health First Europe attended the 8th PID FORUM organised by the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI) in the European Parliament to discuss the impact of Brexit on patients affected by rare diseases in both the EU and UK.

Health First Europe welcomes José Inácio Faria as a new MEP Supporter

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Mr José Inácio Faria serves as a Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety at the European Parliament.


PUBLICATION: HFE recommendations on tackling AMR and HAIS

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AMR is a growing global threat and a significant societal and economic challenge. The cost of inaction is projected to result in 10 million deaths globally per year.

EVENT SUMMARY: Tackling AMR and HAIs to improve patient safety

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On 17th November 2016, in conjunction with the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, policy makers and health stakeholders met within the framework of the EP Interest Group on Innovation on health and social care to discuss how to tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance to improve patient safety.

EVENT SUMMARY: 11 indicators to accelerate the implementation patient safety policies

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“Patient Safety needs to be integrated in the concept of quality of care” – Niek Klazinga OECD Health Division

NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes Nicola Caputo as a new MEP Supporter

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Mr Nicola Caputo serves as a Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and as a Substitute of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

EDITORIAL: Time to make progress on patient safety in Europe

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Editorial by MEP Piernicola Pedicini: As Member of the European Parliament and medical physicist, I think it is time we make real progress on patient safety. The EU is at a standstill when it comes to taking forward actions called for by the Parliament and the Council. Now it is time for action.

EVENT SUMMARY: How can we translate innovation into policy recommendations?

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It is possible to use a myriad of different technologies to improve patient safety and healthcare. We can do more by making sure that Member States are committed in incorporating these technologies into their health systems.


HFE is happy to welcome Julie Girling as new MEP Supporter

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Julie McCulloch Girling is a British conservative politician serving as a MEP for the South West of England. MEP Girling graduated with a BA in History and Politics from the University of Liverpool in 1979. Before joining the […]

NEWS: Leading advocates in health and social care call on Commissioners to do more on community care

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Today leading advocates for health and social care policy in Europe called on European Commissioners to develop a dedicated and holistic policy on community care. Eurocarers, European Forum for Primary Care, European Social Network and Health First Europe, together call European Commissioners for health and food safety and employment, social affairs and inclusion, to support Member States in their efforts to make person-centred community care a reality.

HFE is happy to welcome Jens Gieseke as new MEP Supporter

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Jens Gieseke is a German national and a member of the EPP party at the European Parliament since 2014. MEP Gieseke grew up in Lathen, Germany. After studying law in Osnabrück, Lausanne and Geneva, he completed […]

HFE is happy to welcome Piernicola Pedicini as new MEP Supporter

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Piernicola Pedicini is an Italian national and has been representing Movimento 5 Stelle (EFDD) in the European Parliament since 2014. He studied physics and subsequently medicine at the University of Naples where he qualified as a radiation protection […]

EVENT SUMMARY: Antimicrobial resistance – Prevention and not just treatment

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During World Antiobiotic Awareness Week, experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the University of Antwerp, all conveyed the clear message that antimicrobial resistance is a growing global problem with severe consequences for all of us if we do not act now.

EVENT SUMMARY – Innovative Health Systems Reform: the role of the EU in advancing innovation

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The second meeting of the European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care. was opened by Co-Chair Kay Swinburne (ECR, UK) at the European Parliament. The event brought together health stakeholders and Member States’ representatives to look at investment, rather than just cost-containment, in health systems.

EDITORIAL: Resisting unnecessary use of antibiotics

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Editorial by HFE President John Bowis: Anti-microbial resistance is a global health threat to health care systems’ ability to cope with infections effectively. A global report published by the WHO in 2014, revealed to the world that antibiotic resistance (the most common form of anti-microbial resistance) was putting all of us at risk and needed to be dealt with now.