Reducing Health Inequalities

“East Midlands MEP seeks to reduce health inequalities”

The European Parliament today voted on a report from the Internal Market Committee which looks to reduce health inequalities in the EU. East Midlands MEP, Emma McClarkin, who wrote the report, looked to address issues such as the pricing of pharmaceutical treatments, accessibility to healthcare, patient safety and the recognition of healthcare professionals’ qualifications.

The report will form part of an initiative to deal with health inequalities both between and within Member States. Whilst many of the factors that cause inequalities in healthcare are socio-economic, relating to family background, income, and lifestyle choices, Miss McClarkin believes there are many areas where revised regulations in the internal market can help address some of these inequalities.

Speaking after the vote, Miss McClarkin said:

“Health is a paramount issue for the people of the East Midlands, as well as for all citizens of the EU. We want to make sure that inequalities in healthcare are reduced and access to the best treatment promoted.

We want to get away from postcode lottery healthcare whilst also ensuring all professionals practicing in the UK are properly qualified to work here.

That is why I am glad to take part in this discussion and, hopefully, have an impact on the final report later this year.”

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