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From the CPME Newsletter, February 2019 – 28th edition

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has launched its Health Check 2019 ahead of the upcoming European elections. Among their six requests, European doctors call for continued investments in health, including commitments to prevention efforts and health security, such as the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and an increase in vaccination coverage.

The CPME Health Check 2019 puts emphasis on the future of health. Although the need to respect budgetary restraints is recognised, it is equally important to assess the impact that any budgetary plan may have upon health policy. Health is an essential element of the European social model and contributes to social cohesion, inclusive growth and nurtures a sound economic environment as a prerequisite for investment.

The future newly-elected European Parliament and European Commission will have the power to make concrete contributions to the creation of a healthier European Union and to keep health policy on the EU agenda. Therefore, CPME considers it essential that the political groups within the European Parliament, national representatives in EU Member States and the new Commission commit to health priority on their working agenda.

In 2019, for the first time in the history of the European Union, a member state will leave the EU. Brexit will bring many changes within the EU membership and within EU institutions. The European medical community therefore asks that safe and attractive working conditions for doctors be ensured across Europe, even more so with Brexit changing the paradigm of medical migration and education and training.

CPME thanks you for your support of the Health Check 2019 and for your commitment to the work of CPME towards a safer and better Europe for all its citizens.