Informal Health Conclusions Italian Presidency, Informal Health Council

Debate on Palliative Care and Pain Therapy
22-23 September 2014, Milan

During the informal EU Health Ministers meeting in 2014, the Italian Presidency placed pain therapy and palliative care at the top of their agenda.

The 28 EU health ministers pledged to further promote the use of palliative care and pain therapy in the EU member states. The common position that was reached put forward the need to create a European network ensuring the training of professionals in the health sector and the exchange of information on the effectiveness of therapies for the most vulnerable population groups.

Health Ministers also acknowledged that networks for paediatric pain therapy and palliative care were not evenly developed throughout Europe. The Ministers also put forward guidance on the development of palliative care and pain therapy for other vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.

Ministro della Salute, Italy
Comunicato stampa n. 147
Conclusione sessione cure palliative e terapia del dolore 
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