Press Release

Minister Martin Receives Gold Medal from European Society of Cardiology

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin T.D., will this weekend  become the first Irish person to receive the prestigious Gold Medal from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).  This award will be presented to the Minister by Professor Jean-Pierre Bassand, President of the ESC at their annual congress in Munich, the largest international medical meeting in Europe, to be attended by over 20,000 delegates.

“The Gold Medal is the highest award we can grant at the ESC and it is reserved for people who have made a significant contribution to the fight against cardiovascular disease, former Nobel Prize winners, or other prominent figures in the field of cardiovascular medicine,” said Professor Bassand.  “Minister Martin’s nomination for the Gold Medal is amply deserved and we are most pleased that he has agreed to attend the congress and receive this award.”

During Ireland’s Presidency of the EU cardiovascular health was the major health theme and the Minister hosted two major conferences:

  • CARDS (Cardiology Audit and Registration Data Standards): an important initiative to improve the quality of care for patients with coronary heart disease throughout the EU.  The agreement that was reached is an essential step towards improving the quality of care for cardiac patients through the adoption of a consistent approach to collecting information in every EU country.
  • Promoting Heart Health – a European Consensus.  The conclusions of the conference call on the Member States and the Commission to promote cardiovascular health within the context of national public health strategies and in the framework of the EU Public Health Action Programme. The conclusions were adopted by the Council of Ministers and will provide a basis for further progress to improve the health of all the citizens of the European Union.

This award is in recognition of the Minister’s successes not only in promoting heart health throughout Europe during Ireland’s Presidency but for his leadership in successfully introducing smoke-free workplaces in Ireland.

“The successful introduction of the new smoke-free work place measures reflects the widespread public support and goodwill that exists for a clean smoke-free environment in the workplace. I hope that our positive experience will encourage other countries to adopt similar measures,” said the Minister.