From the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) website we read that:
"In their declaration, ministers agree that health services must be underpinned by the following values, as defined below:In passing, do note that phrase "as well as a shift towards preventive measures." which is more than likely the reason for legislation such as the 'smoking ban'; latterly, the attempts to reduce alcohol consumption, obesity, 'cheese rolling' (someone might break an arm or a leg); and other such 'dangerous practices'. Note also the 'operational principles' outlined, which provides ample scope for the Lib/Lab/Con to inflict their ideology on changes that they make to our 'national treasure' - aka the NHS.
universality (access to healthcare must be ensure for every person living in the European Union);
access to good quality care;
equity ( equal access to health care regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, social status and ability to pay);
solidarity (linked to the financial schemes under which the health systems are funded)
They also state that reducing health inequalities must be one of the aims of health systems, as well as a shift towards preventive measures.
Besides values, they specifically note that the implementation of those values vary from one State to another and that should remain the rule. Nevertheless, they outline operational principles:
Care that is based on evidence and ethics
Privacy and confidentiality
It is also worth noting Article 6 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and in particular clause (a):
"The Union shall have competence to carry out actions to support, coordinate or supplement the actions of Member States. The areas of action shall, at European level, be:So not only do we find that Cameron' proposals for changes to the NHS conform to the 'common values and principles', being the good 'European' that he so obviously is he has ensured they do.
(a) protection and improvement of human health"
Reverting to Article 6(a) of the TFEU, it does beg the question how long it will be before a 'harmonisation' of healthcare and the provision of same emanates from Brussels?