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Posted on 23.09.2010

More EU needed to ride the Chinese wave

The occasion of the annual visit of the European Chamber of Commerce in Europe afforded me the rare opportunity to meet both a group of senior industry leaders from China and the Chinese ambassador to the EU, and his trade officials. What was clear from this excellent opportunity to gain first hand insights on the […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Posted on 21.04.2010

Patient safety and public perception: transparency, transparency, transparency…

Patient safety and public perception: transparency, transparency, transparency…In scanning the disparate output of the EU machine I came across a thought provoking survey of EU citizens on the subject of patient safety. Perception surveys are scientifically questionable as  they deal in the currency of (often poorly informed) individual’s views. Politically and from a policy perspective […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 11.03.2010

Today is World Kidney Day

The prominence of World Kidney Day (11th March) brings into sharp focus the changing epidemiology of our times and the impact of modern life styles of the developed world on the demands placed on healthcare systems. The surge in incidence of diabetes coupled with extending life expectancy are producing a parallel rise in the incidence […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 12.02.2010

Clinton brings stents into the news

It is perhaps surprising how quickly coronary angioplasty has become just another everyday procedure. As someone who has seen open-heart surgery live and witnessed the trauma and hospital resource intensity of such procedures, the placing of a stent as an alternative is almost unimaginably better for both patient and the health sytem as a whole. […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 10.02.2010

Dreaming of health equality across the EU?

An ageing frequent traveller (this time sat on a plane taking me from frigid Brussels to what I hope will be altogether better conditions in Southern Spain) I am often exercised by what would await me if I were to get sick on my travels. Like most citizens of the EU-15, I would probably seek […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 29.10.2009

Waste and paying for tomorrow’s healthcare

Yesterday’s report by Thomson Reuters on the real causes of excessive costs in the US healthcare system make interesting reading. Centre stage is over-treatment generated by a litigious culture which encourages patients to sue and, from that, doctors to perform tests and procedures, not because in their clinical judgement the patient needs them but because […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Posted on 06.10.2009

John Brennan: Irish YES to Europe

I put it down to Irish politeness to always say “no” first when asked if we want something and to follow up with a “yes” when asked the second time. “Will you have a cup of Lisbon tea?Oh no thank you, I’ve had quite enough already.Are you sure? I’ve just made some and I can […]

By John Brennan Director Regulations and Industrial Policy


Posted on 18.08.2009

Facts and figures, not political rhetoric, as a basis for healthcare reform

Returning to the daily routine after a long, and hot, summer break is always characterised by mixed feelings. Part wishes the languorous morning routines to carry on whilst other forces bring a refreshed mind optimistic about the challenges ahead. This morning’s bright and early start in Brussels was illuminated by two articles in the Financial […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 08.07.2009

Creating a coordinated global platform to safeguard health development systems in the future

Talking about the role of the EU in the developing world EC Director General for Development Stefano Manservisi described the new approach to health development policy on a global level: “From donorship to partnership”. He explained that access to medicine needs to be viewed as not only provision of medicines but rather the ability to […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed