What the new European parliament might do about healthBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1392a (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1392
- R Watson
It is a fairly safe bet that European public health will not be one of the central issues in the forthcoming campaign to elect the 567 new members of the European parliament. There may be the occasional sniping at governments as opposition parties point to better working conditions and health records in other European Union countries. But the responsibility for such matters remains essentially in national hands.
Yet the European Parliament has been taking an increasing interest in health issues, and its successor, which starts its five year term of office in mid July, looks set to continue the trend. The idea has even been mooted of giving public health in Europe a higher political profile by making it the sole responsibility of one of the score or so parliamentary committees on which members of the European parliament sit.
The suggestion, which also reflects personal jostling for authority among MEPs, is …