MEP talks at World Con­gress of pain

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600,000 peo­ple in Ire­land suf­fer from chronic pain with 120,000 in the se­vere -very se­vere cat­e­gory, while across the EU 100 mil­lion peo­ple are sim­i­larly af­fected.

This was stated by In­de­pen­dent MEP Mar­ian Harkin speak­ing at the open­ing of the four day 9 th World Con­gress of Pain in the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Dublin on Wed­nes­day, May 9 th.

The di­rect and in­di­rect cost of chronic pain amounted to over €400 bil­lion across the EU, she said.

“To put that fig­ure into con­text it is two times the size of the en­tire EU bud­get”, she said.

The hu­man and eco­nomic cost aris­ing from this sit­u­a­tion made ac­tion at EU level ab­so­lutely im­per­a­tive and at na­tional level an on­go­ing ne­ces­sity, Mar­ian Harkin sug­gested.

She con­tin­ued: “As co-chair and founder mem­ber of the Pain In­ter­est Group in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment I am happy to wel­come 1,700 del­e­gates from over 40 coun­tries to Dublin to share knowl­edge, to build al­liances, to ex­change best prac­tice, to in­tro­duce new treat­ments and new ideas and to in­flu­ence bet­ter pol­icy mak­ing in pain di­ag­no­sis, pain care and pain man­age­ment.

The EU has an im­por­tant role to play be­cause re­search and col­lab­o­ra­tion at EU level de­liv­ers EU added value. Our leg­is­la­tion on health and safety at work can act as a pre­ven­ta­tive to mus­cu­los­ke­tal pain while also fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­turn and re-in­te­gra­tion to work of those suf­fer­ing from chronic pain in­volv­ing rea­son­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and rea­son­able work place ad­just­ments.”

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