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Health and Social Services Sector

The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Dr. 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.

- Look up the key dates for meeting in 2015 and in 2016 for EPSU affiliates organising in health and social services

- Read more about Health and Social Services and EPSU (old version, to be updated in 2015)

43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Services

Cross-Border Healthcare in Europe: Promoting Equal Access to Quality Care

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 (...)

Publication of ETUI’s HesaMag 11 with a special report on "The nursing world at tipping point"

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 (...)

Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence

(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 (...)

Conference urges policy-makers to adopt ethical recruitment principles to stop health workforce brain drain

(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 (...)

Latvian health workers protest austerity, demanding investment

(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 (...)

Belarusian Healthcare workers discuss workplace accidents and private sector organising

(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 (...)

The contribution of non-profit service providers to “Job Creation and economic growth in health and social services”

(26 March 2015) EPSU (C. Jakob and C. Hernandez) participated to the breakfast session “Job Creation and Economic growth in HSS” and the contribution of non-profit service providers organized by Social Services Europe (SSE) in the Economic and Social Committee. There is a need to push for more attention to Social Services. The sector suffers from a vacuum between demand and supply, and thus composes job creation opportunities. The speakers agree on the essential need to improve (...)

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Services

EPSU support for general strike of FSSHK in health sector in Kosovo

(30 January 2015) Prishtinë/Brussels On 29 January 2015 EPSU sent a letter of solidarity to the Trade Union Health Federation of Kosovo (FSSHK) fully supporting the strike action on 30 January 2015 in all the health institutions, when also patients showed their comprehension for this step taken. Negotiations with the Prime Minister had failed. EPSU also had sent letters to the President and the Prime Minister of Kosovo calling upon them to take action to address the problems identified by (...)

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