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Tuesday, 23rd July 2013

Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: Health

Source: Inside Government (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of health. It is a reflection and analysis of the evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, businesspeople, Members of Parliament and other interested parties, either in writing or orally, as well as a literature review of relevant material. Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the Coalition Government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either Coalition party may make in the future for changes to the EU or about the appropriate balance of competences.

The report outlines the overall themes of the EU’s impact across the whole area of health and describes the EU’s role from a legal perspective. It then examines the EU’s role in three distinct areas: medicines and medical devices; public health; and the NHS and patient services. Each section examines key areas, looking at both the current impact of the EU as well as the EU’s role.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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