After the workshops and conferences for the day were completed, day one ended with a reception being held at the Berlaymont building in the EU district of Brussels. There was a short address to attendees from the European Commissioner for Health - Tonio Borg. It was a really insightful speech on the current situation of patient health within Europe.

After arriving in the city of Brussels today for the European Summit on Chronic Diseases, my first port of call was to attend the round table discussion from the European Patients Forum. The topic for discussion was ‘Long-term access to quality healthcare in Europe’. The speakers panel was made up from key people from across Europe including the UK, Bulgaria and Sweden. Which for me was very insightful, having heard about patient access to healthcare from a patients perspective- at the IDF Europe youth leadership camp from those countries.