Brussels/Helsinki, 18 November 2015
On 10 November 2015, HOSPEEM and EPSU – with the support of the Finnish EPSU affiliates JHL, Superliitto and Tehy – organised a conference in Helsinki aimed at supporting a broad fact-finding on the main risk factors of psycho-social risks and stress at work in the hospital/healthcare sector, highlighting good practices to assess the risks and identifying instruments and measures that can help preventing, managing and/or reducing the risks.
A range of (...)
14 October 2015, Brussels
On 14 October 2014, EPSU signed the Call to Action “Health Workers For All – All for Health Workers”. The Call to Action - available in eight languages (EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, PL and ROM) - is addressed to national and European decision-makers and aims to promote sustainable health care systems around the world and decent recruitment and employment conditions for health workers.
Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU Secretary General, underlines: "EPSU supports the objectives and (...)
Brussels, 14 October 2015
EPSU’s last Standing Committee “Health and Social Services” held on 24 September 2015 in Brussels brought together 56 colleagues from 35 affiliates from 22 countries, from Ireland to Bulgaria and from Finland to Spain.
Colleagues discussed and approved the progress made on three topics in the context of activities and negotiations of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in the Hospital Sector:
1) EPSU is running a joint project with HOSPEEM on the role of social (...)
24 September 2015, Brussels
Brussels, 1 July 2015
EPSU contributed to a conference held on 1 July 2015 in Brussels and dealing with various aspects of cross-border demand and provision of health care, held by PublicPolicyExchange. In the programme of the event the organiser writes: "According to the World Health Organisation’s report on ‘Cross-Border Healthcare in Europe’, the volume of patient mobility within the European Union remains relatively low as people are frequently unwilling to travel to other countries for (...)
Brussels, 25 June 2015
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) last week issued edition 11 of the HesaMag (Health and Safety Magazine) with a special report entitled "The nursing world at tipping point". It is focusing on the challenges and problems related to the health and safety of health workers, in particular the nursing professions, on the backdrop of the economic crisis in Europe.
The newsletter can be accessed in an English and French language version. It i.a. contains an (...)
(Brussels, 8 May 2015/16 June 2015)
On 5 May 2015, EPSU - together with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and WEMOS - co-organised an event in the European Parliament on cross-border health worker migration. Hosted by Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, Ireland), it focused on the mobility of health and social care workers within the EU.
The three organisations jointly issued a press release on 5 May 2015.
This is the agenda of the EP Round Table jointly organised by WEMOS, EPHA and (...)
(Joint press release, Brussels, 05 May 2015) – What role can ethical recruitment play for fair distribution of health workers? and, what role has Europe in ensuring that freedom of movement of health workers in the Single Market does not translate into unequitable access to health services in less affluent regions? These are some of the questions that today’s event, ‘Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’ responded to.
Jointly organised by the (...)
(27 April 2015) Braving a cold wind, several hundred protestors gathered in front of the national library where the European Union health ministers were meeting in Riga. The workers were protesting the continued freeze of public funding for health and social services. With the demonstration the workers showed that there is not a Latvian success story.
The public health system is under a lot of pressure due to lack of funding. Health workers (nurses, doctors and others) have migrated. This (...)
(10 April 2015) The 6th Congress of the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers was held on 8 April 2015 in Minsk. 314 of 320 delegates attended the Congress.
With over 95% of workers in heath care organised the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers is focusing on establishing unions in the non-public sector. The union is reporting significant growth of membership. It has also been successful in improving wages of health care workers with 22.7% in 2014 compared with 2013. This (...)