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Health issues rise up the EU agenda

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:772
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    The European Union needs to improve the way it deals with health issues and start anticipating events rather than reacting to them, Commissioner David Byrne said at a meeting in Austria last week.

    Addressing the 500 delegates attending the fourth European Health Forum in Bad Gastein, Austria, he said that a series of events—from the crisis over BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) to the recent European Court of Justice rulings (which established that health services fall under single market legislation)—has shown that health issues have moved “centre stage.”

    A sea change was needed …

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