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Martina Anderson MEP supports EU report on the prevention of age-related diseases in women

13 December, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has given her support to an EU Report into age related diseases in women

Speaking in support of a motion in the EU Parliament yesterday Martina Anderson said:

 "In spite of women's greater life expectancy it unfortunately does not follow that this means that they enjoy more years of good health. In fact, it remains the case that older women are actually more susceptible to certain diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and rheumatism.

"The consistent gender pay gap that women experience over their lifetime also inevitably leads to a pensions pay gap - leaving many older women at risk of poverty and subsequently much more susceptible to ill health.

"The economic crisis and the accompanying savage austerity cuts are having a serious impact on vulnerable sections of society, such as older women.

"It is vital that older women have the right to live a dignified and independent life and play their part in culture and society. Their right to good health protection can not be ignored." CRÍOCH

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