The European Men’s Health Forum calls on the European Union for a prompt response to The State of Men’s Health in Europe Report published by the European Commission last year.
The Forum points out that in the 12 months since publication many more men of working age have died in Europe and asks which of the recommendations in its response to the Report are being addressed by the EU.
The Forum’s President, Prof. Ian Banks commented, 'It is well recognised that the first thing to suffer in a recession is the health of the workforce. It is also the last thing to recover. This Report highlights the scale of the male health problem while the Forum’s published response suggests what can be done.’ He concluded, ‘however, we're still waiting to hear what the EU proposes.'
Prof. Banks noted that questions are currently being asked in the European Parliament about the content of the Report and the differences between the published, hard-copy version and the full (extended) version which is only available on-line.
He continued, 'These are important issues - but the bigger questions are - what are we going to do about men's health in Europe? These questions are looming larger as the recession bites deeper.'