Last week I meet with Chris Davies MEP, to discuss the campaign for a VAT exemption on mountain rescue equipment. […]
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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Yesterday, 4 February, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its preliminary opinion on […]
Some high-profile health scares, such as the recent PIP breast implants scandal that affected over a thousand women in Ireland, […]
16th October, 2013 Healthy Ageing ¬† By 2060, almost 30 per cent of Europe‚Äôs population will be aged 65 years […]
September 17th, 2013 The first session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg took place last week. As an MEP for […]
We are all too aware of the harmful effects of hazardous alcohol consumption. Many people have tragically lost their lives […]
MEP for Louth-Meath and Ireland East, Mair√©ad McGuinness, welcomed members of the influential European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public […]
March 19th, 2013 March 19th and the European Parliament turned green as we joined with fellow Irish MEPs and colleagues […]
February 26th, 2013 It was great to listen to Minister for Health James Reilly in the European Parliament on Monday […]
Ireland East MEP Mairead McGuinness has welcomed the determination of the Irish Presidency of the EU to work towards agreeing […]