MEP Brain Mind and Pain Interest Group has launched the Written Declaration 0112/2016 #MakeWorkWork

In a breakfast meeting hosted by Heinz Becker MEP in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the following written declaration 0112/2016 has been launched:

1. Brain disorders and chronic pain conditions are two of the leading causes of long-term sick leave; growing in impact as Europe’s workforce ages.

2. We call upon DG SANTE, DG EMPL, DG REGIO and DG-ECFIN2 to collaborate on developing, consolidating and consistently implementing EU legislation which will ensure equal access to employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions.

3. Best-practices to retain and reintegrate people with chronic conditions are widespread. The Commission and Member States are called upon to work, with their social partners, to clarify patients’ rights, highlight successful workplace adjustments and reintegration actions – e.g. flexible working hours – and to promote subsidies for such actions through the European Social Fund.

4. Integrating people with these chronic conditions in employment is socio-economically beneficial. The Commission is called upon to use the EU Semester’s country-specific recommendations to encourage Members States to implement cost-effective retention, reintegration and rehabilitation actions.

5. The Commission and Council are called upon to encourage Member States to acknowledge that accurate early diagnosis and appropriate treatment and management are necessary to enable employees affected by these chronic conditions to avail of equitable employment opportunities.

At the start, Heinz Becker MEP explained from the policy-maker perspective how declarations can #MakeWorkWork. Then, Manuela Messmer-Wullen, stroke survivor and board member of Stroke Alliance for Europe described from the patient perspective her personal experiences and how she returned to work after a stroke. An intensive discussion followed where several MEPs and other representatives from the MEP interest Group Brain Mind and Pain have discussed how the Written Declaration can be taken forward and disseminated at the national level. It was stated that the most success full way to get the WD signed by the requested number of MEP is to contact them via the representatives of the national patient and other healthcare organisations.

In the meantime, 65 MEPs have already signed the Written Declaration. Until mid-January more than half of all MEPs have to sign this Declaration, to ensure that this initiative will be a success. Please click here to find more information and support this written declaration.

MEPs present were: Danuta Jazlowiecka, Bogdan Wenta, Jana Zitnanska, George Back, Marian Harkin and Heinz Becker.

This declaration is endorsed by the SIP partners EFIC, PAE, ACN and Grünenthal.

Updated 21/11/2016


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