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CPME cosigned an open letter to the EU Ministers of Health regarding the debate on migrant health

Ahead of the meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) meeting in Luxembourg on 19 June 2015, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), together with a group of other 25 organisations, sent an open letter to the EU Ministers of Health and to the cabinet of EU Health Commissioner, Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis.

This letter follows a report from Doctors of the World regarding the access to healthcare for migrants and asylum seekers from outside the EU. The data collected among the patients seen in their clinics across Europe in 2014 show that 54.2% of pregnant women had no access to antenatal care – among them, 58.2% came to receive care too late (after the 12th week of pregnancy). Less than one out of every two children (42.5%) had been vaccinated against tetanus, and only about a third (34.5%) were vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella – well below coverage rate of the general population, which is around 90%.

CPME strongly believe access to healthcare to beone of the most fundamental rights, especially regarding the most vulnerable parts of the population and that these inequalities are not only socially unjust, but morally wrong.

The signatories of this open letter are counting on the Health Ministers to act firmly, so that evidence-based public health policies, human rights, and the health protection of the most vulnerable are at the heart of public health and migration policies. In particular, the organisations call the Health Ministers to challenge EU and national policies on migration which undermine public health objectives, and use the tools available at European level to drive developments towards universal access to healthcare in the Member States of the European Union.

To read the full letter, click here.