Antibiotic resistance: reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics is key

Antibiotic resistance: reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics is key

Since their discovery almost 100 years ago, antibiotics have become a cornerstone of medicine. They are essential in treating and preventing bacterial infections. Many modern treatments, such as cancer therapy and major surgery would be virtually impossible without their help. However, as antibiotic use has increased, more and more bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics.  This phenomenon, known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is a normal process of evolution. However, it means there needs to be a supply line of new antibiotics to deal with resistant infections. Worryingly, there are very few new treatments in the pipeline.

Monday, 16 November 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, November, Piernicola Pedicini

We cannot let austerity measures impact on the quality of our health sector

eHealth could be of great benefit to healthcare

We cannot let austerity measures impact on the quality of our health sector

Looking at the current state of EU health policy, it is clear more needs to be done to improve the health of European citizens, particularly as free, universal access to healthcare treatment must be guaranteed. In Parliament's report on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance, for which I am responsible, I identified some key actions which member states and the Commission should take as a matter of urgency to increase patient safety and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Patient safety is an incredibly important issue affecting more than 3 million people every year, around 10 per cent of the total number of patients admitted to hospitals. The number includes those affected by things such as medical errors and healthcare infections. The total cost of these medical errors and healthcare infections is over €2.7bn per year.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, September, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

End of fossil fuel subsidies first step of circular economy

Encouraging the reuse of materials and extending product life expectancy are crucial to implementing the circular economy

End of fossil fuel subsidies first step of circular economy

The transition from a linear economy to a circular one is an economic and environmental necessity which must be implemented as a matter of urgency. Our planet's resources must be safeguarded through more sustainable and efficient use, which would also reduce Europe's resource dependency and create new green jobs. The first step in this direction must be the elimination of all environmentally harmful subsidies, in particular direct and indirect fossil fuels.

Friday, 26 June 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, June, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

Europe needs urgent response to antimicrobial resistance

Europe needs urgent response to antimicrobial resistance

Between eight and 12 per cent of patients admitted to hospitals in the EU suffer from adverse events while receiving healthcare. This can and must be avoided. These figures represent around three million people who each year are affected by healthcare associated infections (HAI), at a cost to European healthcare systems of €2.7bn every year. The indiscriminate application of austerity measures by some member states to the health sector has had a negative impact on patient safety. For example, the reduction of medical personnel or of hygiene specialists increases the risk of patients being hit by HAI, resulting in higher expenses for the healthcare sector.

Friday, 22 May 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, May, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini