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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2017
Question for written answer E-003274-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lampros Fountoulis (NI)

 Subject:  Unemployment and heart failure
 Answer in writing 

According to scientific research(1) undertaken in Denmark, unemployment can increase the risk of fatality to a person more so than if he or she had history of diabetes or stroke. Moreover, results from the research revealed that unemployment can increase the risk of premature death in young people with heart failure by as much as 50%. Researchers claimed that links between unemployment and the fatal risk of heart failure are complex and most likely multi-factorial, and that a person’s occupational situation can also affect their quality of life and is crucial for both their physical and mental health. Older studies have further associated unemployment with increased risk of depression, other mental health issues and even suicide.

In view of this:

1. Does the European Commission acknowledge the consequences which unemployment can have on patients with heart failure?
2. Does the Commission intend to support the investigative research verifying the consequences of unemployment on the health of citizens?
3. What additional measure does the Commission propose to take in order to combat unemployment, given that current measures to date have not proven to be effective?


Original language of question: EL 
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