Heart Failure Policy Network launches call for urgent action on heart failure in the EU
7 September 2021
On 7 September 2021, the Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN) launched the Action Statement on Heart Failure, which calls on the three core European institutions to take concrete action on the growing burden of heart failure. As secretariat to HFPN, The Health Policy Partnership (HPP) facilitated this launch.
The Action Statement sets out detailed policy recommendations for the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to develop a long-term strategy for heart failure and provide political, strategic and financial support to Member States to help deliver best-practice heart failure care.
The statement links with current and upcoming EU programmes, such as EU4Health and Digital Europe, and is supported by 27 organisations across Europe, including patient organisations, centres of excellence, professional societies and heart failure working groups.
‘Heart failure has been a forgotten syndrome for far too long. As a union, we must come together and rise to this challenge to protect the health and wellbeing of our citizens.’
– Billy Kelleher MEP, Member of Renew Europe Group and the MEP Heart Group
Heart failure is the biggest cause of preventable hospitalisations in the EU and contributes significantly to the burden of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of the death in the EU. One in five people can expect to be diagnosed with heart failure at some point in their lives, and the syndrome is estimated to cost more than €29 billion annually across EU Member States. Taking action on heart failure is essential if we are to reduce hospitalisations and build resilient health systems in Europe, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the Heart Failure Policy Network, please visit the HFPN website.