The COVID-19 pandemic, a global phenomenon, is leading to an unprecedented loss of life in the EU union while putting great stress on the healthcare systems due to the fast spread of the virus and the high number of patients that need hospitalization and intensive care. In the EU, more measures and allocated funding dedicated to the pandemic are being put into place but that is simply not enough. We need to do more.
There is now a constant need to reinforce the intensive care capacity and to ensure stability in a vital part of our first defence against this pandemic. The European Society of Anaesthesiology is strongly committed to advocating for an EU and nationally coordinated intensive care approach and we encourage not only the solidarity between countries but also between regions.
ESA is proud to have worked with prominent Members of the European Parliament on a letter addressed to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, which covers our main policy recommendations on how the EU Institutions should respond and plan the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full letter below.
As a diverse community, we learn from each other so that we can give our patients the best possible care. Never has this been more important than right now. Along with anaesthesiologists, intensivists, and frontline healthcare professionals, we stand in solidarity with all those involved in order to provide the information, resources, and support needed to end this pandemic, together.
Professor Kai Zacharowski, ESA President & Professor Stefan De Hert, ESA Past-President