We are pleased to welcome the adoption of the Committee on Public Health’s (SANT) report on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the plenary on 13/12. We appreciate and recognise many positive elements of the report, which closely align with our shared commitment to addressing health disparities and improving healthcare access across the EU.

We thank the MEPs for their important work at the committee and on the report. We appreciate and recognise many positive elements of the document, which closely align with our shared commitment to addressing health disparities and improving healthcare access across the EU.  Overall, we are very happy about the final report which included:

  • The term ‘marginalised’
  • Emphasis on disproportionate impact of NCDs on these communities
  • Call for targeted initiatives to reduce healthcare disparities
  • Emphasis on the importance of addressing the socioeconomic determinants

In light of this progress, we strongly encourage the MEPs at the SANT committee to further prioritise discussions on health inequalities and the healthcare challenges faced by marginalised groups in forthcoming hearings.