"Austerity measures cannot be imposed in such a way that they affect the safety of patients, staff or experts in hospitals"

MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare

Suggested ways to improve patient safety, including tackling growing resistance to human and veterinary antibiotics, using today’s treatments more responsibly and promoting innovation, are set out in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs note that 8 - 12% of patients in EU hospitals suffer adverse events, such as healthcare-related infections, which are implicated in 37,000 deaths a year and place a heavy burden on limited health service budgets.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Press releases, Newsroom, 2015, May, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

"It's a very important result which will provide a quantum leap in European healthcare"

Health MEPs propose blueprint for safer healthcare

Suggested measures to improve patient safety, inter alia by tackling growing resistance to human and veterinary antibiotics by using existing treatments more responsibly and promoting innovation, are set out in a Health Committee resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs note that between 8 and 12% of patients admitted to hospitals in the EU suffer adverse events such as healthcare-related infections, which place a heavy burden on limited health service budgets.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, April, 2015, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

Prevention key to reducing antibiotic resistance

Action needed now to stem EU's 25,000 a year death toll caused by resistant bacteria infections

Prevention key to reducing antibiotic resistance

Every year, across the EU, 25,000 people die of infections caused by resistant bacteria and according to a recently published study, "drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than currently die from cancer - by 2050 unless action is taken". Among the causes of this phenomenon is the misuse of antimicrobials, including antibiotics - in particular their excessive use - as well as stagnation in the development of new antimicrobial drugs. In my own-initiative report, entitled 'Safer Healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance', I addressed this important issue, together with the topic of increasing patient safety in Europe. When addressing these issues, we mustn't forget to adopt a patient-centred approach as well as a multidisciplinary strategy when doctors decide on best medical treatments.

Friday, 06 February 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, February, Newsroom, 2015, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

Young people must be focus of alcohol awareness efforts

'Direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn' and we must act now, urges Piernicola Pedicini

Young people must be focus of alcohol awareness efforts

In Europe, the harmful consumption of alcohol is the second largest lifestyle-related cause of illness, and it is a risk factor in over 60 chronic diseases, including alcohol-related liver disease and chronic pancreatitis, diseases of the digestive system, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and neuropsychiatric diseases. On top of all these ailments, alcohol has many other harmful effects. One in four road traffic accidents in the EU is alcohol-related and account for more than 10,000 road deaths per year - young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are particularly at risk. Overall, direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn. The commission has analysed the resulting impact on the economy and citizens’ health, and has identified five priority issues that need addressing.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, November, Piernicola Pedicini