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SIP 2017, WG2: European and national platforms addressing the societal impact of pain

Co-chairs and Speaker of this Working Group

Alan McGinley, André Ljutow, Anthony Serracino Inglott, Boriana Goranova, Carole Robert, Christoph Vella, David B. Vodušek, Doeke Keizer, Frédéric Destrebecq, Joop van Griensven, Louise Skelly, Mariano Vott, Pamela Bell, Robert Launois, Serge Perrot, Silvana Fanalista, Souzi Makri

Background

Policy makers at EU-level and in national government ministries are slowly waking up to the fact that pain impacts many areas of their policy-making and spending. Health ministers, finance ministers, social welfare ministers, and others need to quickly realise that tackling the societal impact of pain is of cross-governmental relevance. In order to steer policy-making away from a silo approach, wherein each minister only looks at what is immediately relevant to their department, governments and EU officials need to be given advice on cross-cutting issues such as pain. We describe this as establishing a ‘platform’; a structure or way of working that allows policy-makers to join up the dots and tackle challenges that are bigger than one ministry alone. A ‘platform’ on the societal impact of pain could allow policy makers access to best practices and important data that lead them to implementing changes that improve the lives of pain patients, but also achieve significant financial savings, improve employment rates and increase wellbeing throughout Society.

Objective

How such a ‘platform’ could function, who should contribute to it, and how it fits alongside regular structures of government should be explored during this working group. Examples of where governments currently seek advice from civil society on the subject of pain or other healthcare issues should be explored, as well as future opportunities to establish such platforms. Thank you very much for contributing to the activities of this working group. Please try to add your expert perspective on the topic. The consensus paper produced during this working group will be of a practical nature, providing best practice advice for the SIP partners and allies, on how best to work with governments to improve policy-making. Focusing your comments on existing examples and future opportunities will make this consensus paper more effective for communicating to policymakers. We of course welcome examples at national level that are likely to be replicable in an EU policy context.

References
DG SANTE Advisory groups and action platforms
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_food-safety/advisory_groups_action_platforms/index_en.htm