Medicopolitical Digest

Public health will have priority under UK presidencyThe NHS has massive staff shortages, say Liberal DemocratsJuniors are concerned at new training proposals

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:236
  1. Linda Beecham, Medicopolitical digest is prepared by

    Public health will have priority under UK presidency

    The UK government has outlined its plans for taking forward its public health policy during its presidency of the European Union during the first half of 1998.

    Tobacco: The European parliament will be considering the proposal for a directive banning tobacco advertising, and Britain will try to facilitate the adoption of a final version of the directive.

    Screening of blood donors: Britain will pursue a commission proposal on the screening of blood donors and donations. Although it is not binding on member states, its adoption will signal a commitment to coordinate measures to secure blood safety.

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies: Britain will ensure that the health council keeps under review developments in understanding the causes and routes of transmission of the agent responsible for new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease.

    Rare diseases, pollution related diseases, and injury prevention: Britain hopes that the European parliament will deliver an opinion on these three issues in time for the health council to adopt common positions at its meeting on 30 April.

    Communicable diseases: In January the European parliament is due to adopt an …

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