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A return to Fully Functioning Assembly could herald renewed emphasis on promotion of good health -Bairbre de Brún

11 May, 2006


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has expressed the hope that a return to a fully functioning Assembly and Executive can also herald a renewed emphasis on the promotion of good health and on tackling the glaring health inequalities that still exist across the north today.

Ms de Brún made her comments at a European conference to discuss 'Gaps in Health Systems'. Today's conference was addressed by MEPs, academics and health professionals and Ms de Brún spoke from her experience as Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Assembly.

Topics under discussion at today's conference include a health response to gender based violence, migrants‚ access to healthcare in the EU, sustainability of healthcare systems and a global perspective on health inequalities. The conference will also hear a presentation on European policy health impact assessment.

Speaking today the former Assembly Minister said:

"Today's conference provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the gaps which exist in health systems across the world and from my own experiences in Ireland.

"At today's conference I stressed that the attainment of good health is not merely the absence of illness, but is about a holistic state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. This concept lies at the heart of the 'Investing for Health, strategy which I initiated during my time as Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Assembly. I hope that a return to a fully functioning Assembly and Executive can also herald a renewed emphasis on the promotion of good health and on tackling the glaring health inequalities that still exist across the north today." ENDS

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