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Health and Social Services Sector:

The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Margret Steffen. Mathias Maucher is the EPSU Policy Officer for the sector.

Find out for your country who is your EPSU representative for health and social services here.

The health and social services sector is a large and diverse sector, including many different services such as hospitals, child care, community health services, social work and homes for older and disabled people. We represent 3.5 million health and social services workers across Europe, and are engaged in a wide range of issues on their behalf. The categories of workers range from social worker to doctor to hospital cleaner to medical secretary to nurse.

EPSU is the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in the hospital and health care sector throughout the European Union.

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- Look up the key dates for meeting in 2014 and 2015 for EPSU affiliates organising in health and social services


A European market for health services? Is that why healthcare is not excluded from TTIP?

(28 November 2014) On 27 November the European Commissioner for Health and Food, Vytenis Andriukaitis launched the idea of an EU "single market for health services". EPSU has asked for a meeting with the Commissioner to clarify what is intended. EPSU has serious concerns about this idea and how it would achieve better quality care for all EU citizens. An internal market would involve a fundamental reform of healthcare systems including competition and privatisation. Discussing this (...)

Austerity kills: the case of Ebola

(Press Release, 14 November 2014, Brussels) As the Ebola case of the Spanish nurse, Teresa Romero, seems to be stabilised, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the most representative European organisation for health workers, starts demanding a proper response and that responsibilities are clearly defined and also actually assumed in case of problems or mistakes. In Europe, only one person was infected by the Ebola epidemic. So far, the two victims of the disease who (...)

Workers from Carlos III - La Paz Hospital in Madrid will talk about how Europe is fighting Ebola

Media Advisory: MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP Nessa Childers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) will hold a press conference with health workers of Carlos III - La Paz hospital of Madrid that fought Ebola. Brussels, 12 November 2014 - MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP Nessa Childers and the EPSU (European Federation of Public Service Unions) the most representative European organization of health workers, have jointly promoted and organised the visit of health (...)

EPSU demand new European Commissioner dealing with Ebola to link with West-African trade unions

image ©Global panorama (3 November 2014) With the European Commission starting its work this week, also the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Styliadis take his place. He will be coordinating EU policies with regard to containing and combating the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West-Africa. We asked the Commissioner to meet up with the health workers unions as their members are in the front-line of dealing with infected people last Friday. The unions have (...)

EBOLA Virus and health care workers in Europe and West-Africa

(16 October 2014) EPSU wrote to EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg (outgoing) and Vytenis Andriukaitis (incoming) as well as to future EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, to demand that the Commission instructs Member States to issue clear precautionary protection guidance. Sufficient staff needs to be available to deal with infected patients and to assist each other. We want protective equipment like suits, respirators of the highest (...)

Ebola viral disease outbreak in West Africa - Health Workers in the frontline: they need our support

(EPSU-PSI Joint Statement - 16 October 2014) To date 416 health workers have been infected with Ebola. 233 health workers have already died. Nearly half (118) were members of PSI affiliated trade unions in West-Africa. Health care workers are the unsung heroes of this crisis. By 8 October 2014, the outbreak of EVD had already caused the death of over 4,000 people and more than twice that number may be ill (more than 8,300 persons) according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is (...)

Health and Social Services representative set the EPSU upcoming agenda

(16 October 2014) The 41st Standing Committee of the Health and Social Services sector of EPSU met to elect a new leadership after the EPSU Congress that took place in Toulouse on May 2014. The meeting that took place in Brussels saw the election of Margret Steffen (Ver.di, Germany) as President, Christina McAnea (UNISON, UK), Maryvonne Nicolle (CFDT Santé Services Sociaux, France) and Kirsi Sillanpää (Tehy, Finland) as the 3 Vice-Presidents. A major debate was about establishing links with (...)

The fight against Ebola - health workers on the frontline while politicians cut budgets

(Press Communication, 9 October 2014) The EPSU Health and Social Services Committee, representing over 3.5 million health and social services workers across Europe sends its solidarity to the frontline workers in Madrid and other countries who are risking their lives fighting Ebola. We recall the several thousands that have died from the virus in West-Africa, including many health care workers. Their courageous work is invaluable for our societies. Yet Spanish Government officials and (...)

41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Services

Health and social service workers stand up against social dumping !

(Brussels, 4 July 2014 - EPSU Press Communication) In a joint statement the German and Spanish health and social services trade unions together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the voice of Europe’s care workers, stress their determination in the fight against rogue employers that take advantage of health workers. A recent example is how a Berlin-based care company exploited Spanish nurses and offered lower pay and conditions than those stipulated by the (...)

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