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Other Acts P6_TA-PROV (2015)0197 (19/05/2015)

Type: Acts of the European Union: European Parliament Resolution on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance

Authority: European Authorities - European Union: European Parliament

Date: 05/19/2015

Subject: The European Parliament calls on Member States to make sure, in this period of economic crisis, that patient safety is not affected by austerity measures and that healthcare systems remain adequately funded and, in particular, to avoid the most damaging of measures, such as short-term savings, which would lead to high costs in the medium to long term, and instead to concentrate on the further development of high-quality and high-efficiency healthcare systems; moreover the Parliament calls on Member States to ensure that there are a sufficient number of healthcare professionals trained or specialised in infection prevention and control, as well as hospital hygiene, with a view to a more patient-centred approach; it notes the importance of including patient safety in the education, on-the-job-training and continuing training of healthcare workers and health professionals in all Member States; it urges Member States to encourage regular information input from health professionals advising patients on how to minimise risks to their safety through contact with the healthcare system; finally it calls on the Member States to take suitable actions to ensure the responsible and sensible use in human medicine of all antimicrobial agents and in particular of antibiotics that are considered to be last-line treatment of bacterial infections in hospitals, bearing in mind that improper use of antibiotics for preventive purposes (including in hospitals) is one of the main contributory factors in the emergence of antibiotic resistance

Classification: Solidarity - Art. 35 Preventive health care

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