in the European Hospital Sector
On the 20th of September 2006 EPSU and HOSPEEM (the European Hospital and Healthcare employers’ association) launched the Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector.
The Committee has adopted in its first years a joint declaration on health services and a Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-border Recruitment and Retention (for follow-up activities see the evaluation report of September 2012). In July 2009 the Framework Agreement on the Prevention of Sharps Injuries that later became Directive 2010/32/EU was endorsed. In December 2010 EPSU and HOSPEEM signed a Framework of Actions "Recruitment and Retention". Two projects on Social Dialogue in the new EU-Member States were run and sucessfully concluded, first in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, then in the Baltic States (2010/2011).
On 23 June 2008 the Committee adopted their second Joint Work Programme 2008-2010 centred on 5 main themes:
Recruitment and retention
Strengthening Social Dialogue Structures
The ageing workforce
Tackling third-party violence and harassment
New skill needs
The third Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2011-2013 was adopted in early 2011 and has been implemented to a large extent as of 10 May 2013, with the exception of two topics ("Well-being of workforce" and "Diversity of workforce").
see also our Key Documents section