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European Parliament approves healthcare, cancer and AIDS programmes:

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

The European Parliament has approved the EU's draft healthcare programme at its second reading and awarded it a budget increase of Ecu 5 million ($7 million) to Ecu 35 million. It has also added 22 amendments. Specific demands include a "campaign on sex and contraception" and support for a study programme designed to harmonise Member States' healthcare definitions and scientific data. The action plan to combat cancer was also adopted at its second reading, with 19 amendments and a budget increase of Ecu 5 million. Some 18 amendments were adopted for a similar plan on prevention of AIDS and other infectious diseases, with the focus on promotion of preventive measures. MEPs also called for a code on good blood transfusion practice and action on blood products and selection of donors.

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