Local MEP Takes Part in Health Talks May03
Bashir Khanbhai, Conservative MEP for the East of England, is in
Athens this week attending a European pharmaceutical industry conference
which aims to examine the gaps in access to healthcare in Europe.
Delegates will also consider the uneven spread of state-of-the-art
medicines across EU markets given growing concerns in governments' ability
to provide universal access to healthcare.
Mr. Khanbhai, a pharmacist with thirty years experience in the
healthcare industry, is joined by European Commissioner for Employment and
Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, representatives
of public authorities, health experts, academics and patients associations.
Speaking from Athens, Mr Khanbhai said:
dialogue is vital in establishing how we can better meet patients’ expectations and increase their level of satisfaction with
healthcare services in Europe.
"In particular, we must ensure that any health policy
formulated for the future will not impose a financial burden on the NHS,
especially in light of next year's enlargement of the European Union to 25
Notes to Editor:
Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) is
the representative voice of the pharmaceutical industry in Europe
Meeting in Vouliagmeni (near Athens, Greece) is a major event for the
pharmaceutical industry in Europe.
This year's theme
is “The Europe of Health – New Freedoms for Today’s Patients”.