With less than four months until the European Parliament elections, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has launched a pre-election ‘health check’.
The Committee said, given that the future European Parliament and European Commission will have the power to make concrete contributions to the creation of a healthier European Union (EU), it considers it essential that the political groups within the Parliament, national representatives in EU Member States and the new European Commission commit to prioritising health on their working agenda.
The Health Check 2019 urges EU decision makers to invest in health security by continuing efforts to fight against antimicrobial resistance and to increase vaccination coverage. It also calls for efforts to ensure health is high on the EU agenda, to foster trust in the sharing of health data, guarantee access to medicines, and to enable healthy living.
The CPME also calls on decision makers to support skilled doctors and safe conditions, particularly in light of Brexit. “Brexit will bring many changes within the EU membership and within EU institutions. The European medical community, therefore, asks that safe and attractive working conditions for doctors be ensured across Europe, even more so with Brexit changing the paradigm of medical migration and education and training,” it said.