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EFA – Manifesto for 2014 European Parliament Elections

Ahead of the European Parliament elections (22 – 25 May 2014), the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Association (EFA) calls on MEP candidates to commit themselves to three priorities in the area of health. Europe should be a place where patients have the right to the best quality of care and a safe environment, and who are actively involved in all decisions influencing their health.

The three priority areas set out in EFA’s Manifesto are:

1. To develop an EU strategy on chronic diseases with disease specific chapters

Such a strategy would enable EFA to effectively tackle incidences and risk factors, while helping to deal with the negative consequences for the health of affected people, their families and the economies of the EU and its Member States.

2. To invest in prevention – tackle health determinants

This includes reducing tobacco consumption through a stricter directive, implementing the smoke free Europe recommendations, introducing a better strategy on outdoor air pollution with limit values in line with WHO recommended levels, adopting a strategy on indoor air quality including the home and workplace, including pollen monitoring under the Clean Air Programme for Europe, reducing our exposure to chemicals, and introducing labelling of all ingredients in food products as well as removing the ‘may contain’ labelling for allergens in the long term.

3. To help ensure equal access to care for each patient

Health inequalities should be reduced as regards to care and quality of treatment and patients should not be discriminated again based on their disease or condition. Patient safety should be strengthened and information given to them should be more accurate and better quality. There should be a greater participation of patients in decision-making processes, particularly concerning the placement of medicinal products and medical devices on the market and their reimbursement. Early and accurate diagnosis of allergies and diseases such as asthma and COPD should be ensured through increased training for healthcare professionals and development of national programmes for example. More funds should be allocated for EU health policy and programmes and priority given to investments in research of allergic and respiratory diseases.

Bearing in mind the principle of health in all policies, all EU activities should take into account their impact on public health. The objective of improving the health of European citizens should be overarching all EU decisions.

You can read more and sign up to EFA’s Manifesto here http://manifesto.efanet.org/

Originally posted on 11 April 2014

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