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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Future of Healthcare in Europe

Publication date: Dec 16, 2010 10:43 AM

Start: May 13, 2011 12:00 AM
End: May 13, 2011 12:00 AM

13 May 2011

13 May 2011

Mary Ward House
5-7 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SN

UCL Health

The event will bring together leading academic experts, healthcare professionals, consultants and public policy officials to discuss the sector’s key challenges, identify existing good practices and develop concrete policy recommendations.

Challenges for Healthcare Provision in Europe

European governments face a growing number of major health challenges, which are putting unprecedented pressures on public health systems. These include those posed by an ageing population, such as the increasing complexity of diseases and health care needs; the rise of mental health problems across age groups and social strata; and the effects of chronic diseases fuelled by environmental and socioeconomic factors as well as increasingly by lifestyle.

Furthermore, healthcare provision confronts significant structural challenges in balancing access for high-quality care whilst meeting increasing patient expectations.The distributive ethic of European healthcare is likely to be increasingly tested as demands on healthcare provision increase and cost pressures intensify.

The Conference

Bringing together expertise from academia, government, public policy institutes, think-tanks and third sector from across Europe, the conference will seek to define the major health challenges that Europe faces and explore the ways in which different European countries are responding to these to find potential solutions.  The conference will also consider the extent to which there might be economic benefit from pan-European action on healthcare, and how the impact of prevention in healthcare can be measured. By stimulating knowledge exchange across sectors in the UK and the EU, the conference aims to increase research, governmental, and non-governmental co-operation on this vital issue.


The conference features over 25 speakers, with keynote addresses from Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health and Chair of WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health) and Michael Hübel (Head of Health Determinants Unit, DG Health & Consumers, European Commission).  Other speakers include Dr Jennifer Dixon (The Nuffield Trust), Professor Peter Littlejohns (National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence, NICE) and Professor Marina Erhola (National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland).

For further information, please email Sarah Chaytor or Dr Uta Staiger.

This high-level one-day conference is convened by the UCL European  Institute and UCL Grand Challenges in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in London.

The Finnish Embassy in London generously supports the event by hosting a reception for speakers in the Residence of the Finnish Ambassador on 12 May 2011.

The event is supported by the Embassy of Denmark.

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