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A new report paints a stark picture of European healthcare in 2030 but says GPs are the answer I’d recommend reading the latest health report by the Economist Intelligence Unit – if you’re elated and need your mood taken down a few notches. They’ve seen the future and it ain’t pretty. With Europe’s population ageing, […]

Las elecciones municipales y autonómicas del 22 de mayo suponen un tremendo voto de castigo para el Partido Socialista, especialmente para su Secretario General y Presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, que ha supuesto el peor resultado de la historia democrática española para el PSOE a nivel territorial. Nunca el Partido Popular, el centro […]

Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been caught in alleged corrupt practice. Demanding loads of money, they agreed to make amendments to legislation that favoured a private financial interest. Or so they thought. It turned out that the offer came from reporters of London’s Sunday Times. They had been caught in a public… » read more

József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more

Labelling is part of a bigger picture. Monique Goyens, Director General at the European Consumers’ Organisation BEUC, talks about the many vectors of information which can be used to reach consumers: education and schools, governmental channels, consumer groups. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/TJ_NFvMikEM” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

MEP Renate Sommer has worked extensively on information to consumers, and has served as the European Parliament’s rapporteur on food labelling. In this interview released at the 8th December EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop she provides an update on the state of talks between Parliament and Council. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/PmI_kroK91s” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

People who work in healthcare occasionally become a little insular, forgetting sometimes to take a step outside of their own sector. Likewise, those of us who work in pharmaceuticals tend to think of solutions and outcomes in pharmaceutical terms, desp…

There is an interesting article in the New England Journal of Medicine today (as authoritative as medical journals get), entitled Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet. It addresses the issue of the changing flow of information bet…

We noted in the obituary columns recently the death of Sir James Black. Sir James was a huge figure in the development of modern medicines, yet was probably not as well known as perhaps he should have been, despite a number of landmark contributions. H…

Like more than 100 other people, I attended the European Voice Health Check debate on “The right to know? Should information to patients be restricted?” this week. As ever in this contentious topic, there were many good observations and points ma…

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