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Patient safety: Making it happen!

Date of release : 06-04-2005

Policy area : Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

On 4 and 5 April 2005, the European Conference entitled "Patient safety – Making it happen" was held in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

The Conference was officially opened in the presence of the Minister for Health Mars Di Bartolomeo and Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

The Conference identified the interests and challenges from a European patient safety perspective with the aim of sharing best practices and experiences on the European level in this area and bolstering the debate and political dialogue.

The Conference was attended by representatives of the main stakeholders, including health professionals, patient associations, the Luxembourg Presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as members of national parliaments and industry representatives.

The Conference contributed to strengthening the European debate on patient safety by adopting a "Luxembourg Statement on Patient Safety," introduced jointly by Minister for Health Mars Di Bartolomeo, Fernand Sauer, Director in the European Commission’s DG "Health and Consumer Protection" (SANCO), and Dr Bernhard Grewin, who chairs the Standing Committee of European Doctors.

This statement lists a certain number of recommendations and was delivered today, 6 April 2005, in Brussels, to an ad hoc sub-group of the High Level Group on Health, consisting of senior officials delegated by all the EU Member States. The establishment of a European consultation forum is also under consideration. The forum would include all the stakeholders in the area of health in the form of a sub-group of the European Health Forum if necessary.

The debate that was launched at the Conference will resume and intensify under the British Presidency.

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