PA!N political round table meeting about pain
3 April 2019, Den Haag: High level representatives of PAiN met with Dutch members of parliament
Senior members of parliament, like Joba van den Berg (CDA), Rens Raemakers (D66) and Arno Rutte (VVD) listened to the different aspects of pain, often confronted for the first time with pain experiences by patients.
Moderated by Amela Halilović and Pepijn Knops the Dutch PAiN platform represented by Prof. Kris Vissers, Ilona Thomassen, Prof. Michiel Reneman, Dutch Councillor of the European Pain Federation EFIC and Grunenthal B.V. represented by Ivo Cerfontaine made clear how much impact pain has on many adults and children. For some members of parliament it was astonishing that 20 percent of the Dutch inhabitants suffers from chronic pain. In the Dutch health care policy, pain is hardly on the agenda and receives little attention. Therefore the objective of the meeting was to start a political dialogue to change this and to make sure that pain gets the attention it deserves.
The members of parliament confirmed to be convinced that in taking policy initiatives pain gets and remains in the spotlights. Hence a follow up by policy makers and PAiN can be expected soon.
You can find more information about the meeting in Dutch on the website of PA!N.