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Cancer becomes public health priority for Europe

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6934.937 (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:937
  1. R Watson

    The European Commission has selected the fight against cancer as the first priority of the new European Union (EU) public health policy endorsed by the Maastricht treaty. Building on the experience of two previous action plans against cancer, the social affairs commissioner, Padraig Flynn, last month proposed a five year, 64 million ecu (pounds sterling53m) programme that will start on 1 January. The strategy will follow a careful line between ultimate national responsibility for health issues and the benefits that can be gained from encouraging cooperation among EU countries.

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