Archive for the category: ‘Health’

Focus On - Health

As a member of the Parliament's committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety I have an interest in health issues. The committee is responsible for all health policy issues which come before the European Parliament.

Some of the issues which I have an interested in and are being voted through the European Parliament at the moment include patient mobility, organ transplants and pharmaceuticals packaging.

Patient mobility is essentially healthcare without borders. The European Parliament approved measures in April 2009 to give Europeans the right to seek healthcare abroad more easily and also be reimbursed for the cost of that healthcare. The aim of the draft directive on cross- boarder healthcare is to ensure that there are no obstacles to patients seeking treatment in another EU member state. For more information, please click this link;

The European Parliament recently voted in favour on rules on organ donation across the EU (19 May 2010). The new directive sets common European quality and safety standards for transplants. Under the new rules EU member states must set up a national authority which will be responsible for maintaining the safety and quality the transportation of organs. The new rules also state that all donations must by unpaid and voluntary.

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Pharmaceuticals package: A major package of measures presented by the Commission to deal with counterfeiting and illegal distribution of medicines, information on prescription medicines and patient protection by strengthening the EU system for the safety monitoring of medicines ("pharmacovigilance"). The EP will vote its first-reading position this term.

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October 7th, 2015

Heart Health

While this week’s survey on the nation’s health reveals that obesity levels in Ireland have fallen slightly, they are still […]

August 30th, 2015

EU INVESTIGATES CONCERNS AROUND CERVICAL CANCER VACCINE

EU INVESTIGATES CONCERNS AROUND CERVICAL CANCER VACCINE A review of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer is to take place […]

August 18th, 2015

HARMFUL TRANS FATS IN FOODS MAY BE CURBED BECAUSE OF PROVEN HEALTH RISKS – MAIREAD MCGUINNESS

New EU legislation is being considered setting maximum levels of trans fats in food, EU Health Commissioner Andriukaitis has confirmed […]

July 5th, 2015

CALL FOR CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS ESCALATING PROBLEM OF FALSIFIED ONLINE MEDICINES

“Problem is now at epidemic proportions” – Mairead McGuinness Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament has today […]

March 27th, 2015

MEP SUCCEEDS IN ESTABLISHING PRINCIPLE THAT SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS RETAIN ALLOWANCES WHILE STUDYING ABROAD

Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament has received clarification from the European Commission that students […]

December 16th, 2014

Medical Technology: For Health, Growth and Jobs

As EPP lead negotiator on the revision of the Medical Devices Directive I hosted on event in the European Parliament […]

February 20th, 2014

NARCOLEPSY – COMMISSIONER AGREES TO ACT AND MAIREAD MCGUINNESS TO CO-ORDINATE EFFORT

EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg has agreed, following a meeting in Brussels this morning (Thursday) with Irish narcolepsy representatives and […]

February 17th, 2014

VAT exemption on mountain rescue equipment

Last week I meet with Chris Davies MEP, to discuss the campaign for a VAT exemption on mountain rescue equipment. […]

February 6th, 2014

Leadership and Embracing Change: Harnessing the evolving Global Med Tech Opportunity.

Leadership and Embracing Change: Harnessing the evolving Global Med Tech Opportunity. Med Tech CEO & Awards Forum 2013. Mairead McGuinness […]

February 5th, 2014

Commission opinion on the Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields

Yesterday, 4 February, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its preliminary opinion on […]

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