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Critical concerns raised on access to healthcare for persons with disabilities in the EU

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Friday 8 Sep 2017

Yesterday, I spoke on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy from a health perspective.

Back in 2010, the European Commission committed to ensure that products and services would become more accessible; building on the obligations established by the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

It saddens me to say that there is still a long way to go before we can claim any success in this field.

A year ago, I worked on feeding some critical feedback on the concluding observations of the CRPD and I am afraid to say that the concerns I expressed then, have to be reiterated today.

Disability remains closely associated with both ill-health and inadequate healthcare responses.

Most of us agree that access to affordable, quality healthcare is a matter of human rights, and so is protection from discrimination. Yet, examples of inadequate and underfunded health care services lead to poor outcomes for patients as well as deteriorating conditions. Furthermore, very few citizens avail of cross-border health care rights due to lack of information.

Therefore, as it is a matter of human rights, we cannot see these examples as anything else other than a gross breach human rights.

In the European Union, many tens of millions of citizens continue to face difficulties and barriers to the full enjoyment of their rights.

In particular, women with disabilities report seriously high levels of ill-health, and the female population suffers from mental illnesses at a rate above the average, which becomes all the more critical amongst migrant groups.

Ill-health may be an inherent challenge for some, but it need not stem from a lacking provision of quality services, which is not a fact of life but is only determined by our choice of priorities as a society.

This is where the change needs to happen.


Childers will not contest the 2019 European Parliament elections

05/04/2013. Nessa Childers resigns from the Labour Parliamentary Party. Ireland East MEP Nessa Childers pictured at her home office this afternoon after announcing that she has left the Labour Parliamentary Party. She said 'I entered politics to help people, and am now resigning from the PLP because I no longer want to support a government that is actually hurting people,'. Childers is the latest member of Labour to leave the PLP due to their opposition of Party policy, following Tommy Broughan, Patrick Nulty, Roisin Shortall and Colm Keaveney. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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Tuesday 18 Jul 2017

Independent MEP for Dublin, Nessa Childers has announced that she will not run as a candidate in the next European elections in 2019. “Although there are two more years until the next European elections, from this September onwards we will enter a pre-election phase. Therefore I decided to make it known that I will not contest the next European Parliament elections. I will of course continue to work as an MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg until the end of my mandate. Read More