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Collective EU approach to healthcare in the best interest of Irish patients – O’Reilly

9 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking today as Minister for Health Simon Harris attends the Third Roundtable Meeting for European Health Ministers, CEOs and Heads of Europe-based pharmaceutical companies and patient groups taking place in Malta, Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said that European Health Ministers must work together to bring about a collective force of buying power so that every patient can receive the most appropriate and best healthcare they can and not be reliant on a  Governments having to be persuaded to act.

The Dublin Fingal TD said:

“The Minister speaks about pursuing an outcomes-based model of healthcare; this is a refreshing change from the accounting exercise that the Fine Gael Government have reduced healthcare to in this country to. It is also reassuring that Minister Harris has remembered that there may be benefit in approaching his counterparts In Europe about collaboration than simply the English speaking countries of the world.

“European Health Ministers must work together to bring about a collective force of buying power so that every patient can receive the most appropriate and best healthcare they can and not be reliant on a  Governments having to be persuaded to act. The recent debacle over funding for Orkambi focused attention on this serious issue and the Minister spoke about liaising with his counterparts but only in English speaking countries - this cooperation must be expanded to include all European countries.

“This needs to be at the forefront of EU-wide Health priorities. All countries must work together to secure agreement.

“In order to fully capitalise on this, we need an Irish National Health Service that is willing and able to work in this space, as new innovation in treatment and medicines come about, we must be able to take full advantage of the progress of medical science so that the best care can be provided. It was what a sustainable and meaningful health service should be striving towards.” 

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