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Parliamentary questions
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19 June 2015
Question for written answer E-010084-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Emmanouil Glezos (GUE/NGL) , Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL) , Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL) , Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Safer healthcare in Europe
 Answer in writing 

A European Parliament motion for a resolution on safer healthcare in Europe mentions that in 2012 the Commission noted that patient safety was being undermined by austerity measures entailing across-the-board cuts in health services and directly affecting the quality of care. In the rapporteur's view, treatment should centre on patients and health services should not be subjected to unwarranted cuts ostensibly dictated by austerity.

In view of the above, will the Commission say.

1. How acceptable are the enormous cuts in health spending imposed on Greece, which have led to a reduction in public pharmaceutical spending, a tripling of patients' contributions to the cost of drugs, many months' waiting times in public hospitals even for the chronically ill — including children — and a desperate shortage of doctors and medical equipment?

2. Does it believe that, under the circumstances described above, healthcare in Greece is still centred on patients?

3. How will it overcome this tragic situation, which poses grave public health risks, so as not to jeopardise the objective set by the Commission itself of maintaining a high level of patient safety?

Original language of question: EL 
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