Quality & Patient Safety

European Patient Safety meeting held by Pharmacy Regulators

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, March 17, 2009

The meeting of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) was held by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) to discuss patients' rights and effective healthcare regulation in Europe, according to the Irish Medical Times. The main goal was to address the draft of the Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-border Healthcare, which clarifies the rights and obligations of the patient and Member States in relation to cross-border healthcare.

Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, TD, addressed the meeting and welcomed the draft. She stated that the Directive "also achieves a balance between the rights of the individual patient and the obligation on Member States to provide healthcare for all their citizens."

PSI President, Dr. Bernard Leddy said "The citizens and patients of Europe deserve that their rights as well as their safety and well being are protected and effective healthcare regulation is an important part of that protection,"according to the Irish Medical Times.

90 delegates attended the meeting, with a vast majority mainly from health professional regulatory bodies across Europe. Also discussed at the meeting was the Portugal Agreement, which identifies shared principles of regulation; transparent and accessible healthcare regulation; and competency assurance of European healthcare professionals.

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