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, 2015, Newsroom, May, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini
Green growth in SMEs divides parliament
We cannot afford a non-green Europe. Raw materials, water and energy are the heaviest burden for SMEs within the EU. Together, they make up half of production costs for our companies. This hinders their competiveness, and this report could help fight this, by supporting a path towards innovative technologies with less impact. The report calls on the commission and the member states to monitor the results achieved by SMEs that have accessed green innovation funding, in order to gauge its effectiveness.Wednesday, 20 May 2015 Written by: Marco Zullo Posted in: Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, May, Industry, Research and Energy, Marco Zullo
With Libyan Intelligence services telling us that ISIS terrorists are crossing the Med to Europe, and not just making money from migrant's misery, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said that allowing North African migrants a free run to Europe would imperil the security of European and British citizens. Speaking in the debate "European Agenda on Migration" today in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, Mr Farage said:Wednesday, 20 May 2015 Written by: Nigel Farage Posted in: Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, May, Nigel Farage
"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, 2015, Newsroom, May, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini