In Italy the contributions of Cittadinanzattiva–Tribunal for patients’ rights “opened” the Report concerning Law no. 38/10 on “the right to not suffer” that Italian Ministry of Health realized for the Parliament. In a specular way, at European level, Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network “closed” the report presented by the Italian Ministry of Health during the informal meeting of the 28 European Health Ministries held on September 22nd and 23rd 2014 in Milan in the context of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In the informal meeting’s conclusive session on “palliative care and pain therapy”, the civic recommendations produced by Active Citizenship Network e Pain Alliance Europe were substantially recalled.
All this was also reported in public by Italian Ministry of Health to national and international institutional representatives, patientsassociations and stakeholders in different occasions: on October 2nd2014 in Brussel during the conference organized by Active Citizenship Network concerning best practices on fighting chronic pain and on November 16th 2014 in Brusselsduring the fifth Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) realized bythe European Pain Federation (EFIC).
So, it is a reason for satisfaction for Active Citizenship Network not only to have contributed to put for the first time the topic of fighting against chronic pain in the European Agenda, but also to have put contents and points of view to the attention of 28 European countries.
It is obvious that next year Active Citizenship Network will try to continue and capitalize what has been obtained in terms of accreditation, conscious of the fact that, however, next Presidencies of the Council of the EU, Latvia and Luxemburg do not seem to be really sensible to the topic.
According to Cittadinanzattiva, what has been done regarding pain fighting is to be considered as a success and a proof of how a good synergy between national and European dimensions together with a forward-looking and well supported action, can lead to significant political results.
Nevertheless, it is going to be crucial to monitor Institutions activities to make sure that principles and good intentions declarations will be followed by concrete actions in terms of “humanization of care”.
Director Active Citizenship Network