Brain, Mind and Pain Written Declaration Update

In the November newsletter, we reported on the Brain, Mind and Pain Interest Group’s declaration in the European Parliament:  Access to Employment for those affected by Neurological Disorders and Chronic Pain Conditions. Below is a call for support from the BMP:

"This is an issue which spans health, employment and social affairs, finance. But, for those we represent, the most important aspect is it’s potential to improve the quality of life.

Over 140 MEPs agree with us and have signed up to support our demands for greater workplace opportunities for those affected by brain and pain disorders.  

We are calling for: clarification of patients’ rights and simple workplace adjustments including flexible working hours.   We emphasise that accurate early diagnosis and appropriate treatment and management are necessary to enable employees affected by these chronic conditions to enjoy equitable employment opportunities.

We also request better implementation of existing legislation, and ask that European Social Funds continued to be used to make recommendations and provide resources to national governments, employers and employees to ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

Can you contact your MEP and get them to sign?  On the Brain, Mind and Pain website you will find many resources to help you, including template letters and the email addresses you need.  Ideally you should contact your MEP as they reconvene in Brussels on 9 and 10 January as the declaration closes on 24 January."

And do follow their campaign on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MakeWorkWork

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