In an open letter addressed to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and 40 European health organisations have expressed their 'grave concern' about the future of health in European policies and programmes.
The concern follows publication of the European Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe, which suggests potential future reduction in European action, cooperation and legislation in the health field.
The open letter states:
Our determined view, shared by the vast majority of EU citizens, is that health is absolutely and unequivocally a core business of the EU. European integration and collaboration has brought great benefits for our health and provides vital resources for our health services: free movement of health professionals, health technologies and patients.