Thursday 21 October 2010

Vote on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases recommendations

At EU Presidency Conference on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases the representative from the Belgian presidency Olivier Belle, Member of the Cabinet of Laurette Onkelinx, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Affairs and Health, declared that their aim had been to organize a conference where the patient can make their voices heard. They seem to have managed, the patient representatives there was given quite a lot of voice by being presenters as well as workshop leaders. And I think they were heard, the conference ended on a vote on if the conference recommendations to the EU should be on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases or only musculoskeletal diseases. The patients mostly from rheumatic disease groups who felt a little bit left out by the original proposal won after a tight vote. Find the final press release on the conference and its recommendations here.

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