Nurses: A Force for Patient/Citizens Empowerment (12 May 2015)

Thanks to the increasing focus on patient empowerment, political leaders become more aware of the vital role nurses play in empowering patients/citizens in the process of continuity of care. EHealth services start playing a crucial role in integrated care.
On the International Nurses’ Day, which falls together with the celebration at the European Parliament of the 9th Edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day, both EFN-European Federation of Nurses Associations and ACN-Active Citizenship Network advocate for a highly educated, supported and developed nursing workforce in the right numbers to deliver person-centred care in which eHealth services are oriented to support better patient/citizens outcomes.

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"European Patients’ Rights Day: Make it official!” (11 May 2015)

"European Patients’ Rights Day:  Make it official!
THE REQUEST OF 80 CIVIC AND PATIENT ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Active Citizenship Network along with 80 civic and patient associations from within and outside the European Union are calling to the new EU Parliament to bring to your attention on the institutionalization of the European Patients’ Rights Day.
The message will be launched in occasion of the IX Edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day, that will take place tomorrow May 12th at the EU Parliament in Brussels (ASP, Room A1E2, from 9.15 to 13.30).
The recognition of Patients’ Rights across the European Union is due to an increasing demand from European citizens and the reinforcement of these rights will become effective only with the cooperation and commitment of all the stakeholders in each EU country. Thus it is essential to increase awareness regarding the importance of patients’ rights and everyone’s responsibilities in guaranteeing their respect.

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"European Patients’ Rights Day: Make it official!” (9 May 2015)

[Press invitation]

"European Patients’ Rights Day:  Make it official!
Press conference to present the IX Edition of the European Patients' Rights Day

Timing: Monday, 11th May: 14.30 – 15.00
Venue: The European Parliament, Brussels, Press Room Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

MEP David Borrelli, Co-Chair EFDD Group (IT) introduces the 9th celebration of the European Patients’ Rights Day 2015 in collaboration with Active Citizenship Network, the promoters of the initiative, and the endorsement of more than one hundred patients organizations all around Europe
This year, the European Patients’ Rights Day is dedicated on the sustainability of healthcare systems focusing on what concerns chronic diseases.

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Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva opens new office in Brussels (10 May 2015)

The representative office to the EU of Cittadinanzattiva and its European branch, Active Citizenship Network, will have the opening ceremony on next 12th May.
For the Italian civic association Cittadinanzattiva it represents a new and relevant effort. First of all, it shows how important for its work and strategies is the European dimension.
The office is at Rue Philippe Le Bon 46 on the ground floor.
Antonio Gaudioso, Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva, will open the ceremony on 12th May from 6 pm onwards. There will be representatives of the European Institutions, leaders from civic and patient associations from several countries, Italian and European partners of Cittadinanzattiva and Active Citizenship Network, stakeholders.

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Press conference to present the IX Edition of the European Patients' Rights Day

"European Patients’ Rights Day:  Make it official!

Timing: Monday, 11th May: 14.30 – 15.00
Venue: The European Parliament, Brussels, Press Room Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

MEP David Borrelli, Co-Chair EFDD Group (IT) introduces the 9th celebration of the European Patients’ Rights Day 2015 in collaboration with Active Citizenship Network, the promoters of the initiative, and the endorsement of more than one hundred patients organizations all around Europe
This year, the European Patients’ Rights Day is dedicated on the sustainability of healthcare systems focusing on what concerns chronic diseases.


Framework:
The sustainability of healthcare systems is a common good to be safeguarded, so a common challenge for different actors: Institutions at EU and national level, professionals, companies, providers, citizens and patients.
All around Europe, civic and patients organizations, as well as MEPs, are worried about how to find this goal, without the involvement of citizens, patients and their associations, with the consequence that the protection of patients' rights could not be taken into consideration. Indeed, the economic crisis has a direct impact on healthcare access, especially for the vulnerable population, which are exposed to social exclusion, increased private costs or giving up altogether medical care.


The message:
Faced with the above scenario, the institutionalization of the European Patients' Rights Day  could represent an effective message of the European Institutions’ commitment that any action towards a sustainable healthcare system should be done by putting patients’ rights at the forefront.


Time for Action:

  • For citizens: Online petition, open to citizens and patients across Europe.
  • For civic and patient organizations: Mobilization to celebrate, in 2016, for the 10th anniversary, the European Patients’ Rights Day at the national level at least in 20 countries, both inside and outside the European Union.
  • For the new European Parliament: Constitution of the MEPs interest group "European Patients' Rights and Cross-Border Healthcare”

Speakers will include:


Press kit:

  • Description of the 9th edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day (May, 12th 2015)
  • The Origins of the European Patients’ Rights Day
  • Six reasons to institutionalize the European Patients’ Rights Day
  • Time for Action: concrete proposals to citizens and patients, their organizations, EU Institution
  • The civic assessment on the Respect of Patients’ Rights at the EU Level
  • Key Figures on the Challenges of Chronic Diseases and Patients’ Rights in the Framework of EU Healthcare Sustainability
  • Cittadinanzattiva and Active Citizenship Network official presentation 

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