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David Byrne, Patron of Health First Europe, welcomes adoption of cross-border healthcare directive

2 July 2008

David Byrne, the Patron of Health First Europe and former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, welcomes the adoption of the proposal for directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare.

In a statement he said: “HFE welcomes the adoption by the College of Commissioners of the long awaited draft proposal for a Directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. HFE is a firm supporter of patients’ mobility throughout Europe and has been promoting equal access to medical care and innovation, regardless the patient’s nationality, since its creation. HFE particularly welcomes the European Commission stance to ensure high standards for patient safety and quality of care in every Member States. Finally, HFE would like to encourage the development of cooperation between Member States regarding eHealth, data collection and health technology assessment and particularly supports the European Commission’s proposal in this respect”.

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