In the last months, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market. This consultation is aimed at investigating whether there is the need for policy measures that will promote digital innovation for better health and care in Europe.
Health and Social Services
Health and Social Services (HSS) is a large and diverse sector that encompasses a wide range of services including hospitals, child care, community health services, social work and care homes for older and disabled people. EPSU represents health and social services workers across Europe, including nurses, health care assistants, midwives, doctors, elderly and child care workers, social workers, laboratory staff, hospital cleaners and medical secretaries. We organise in public, non-for-profit and private services.
EPSU is the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in the hospital and health care sector throughout the European Union.
Mathias Maucher is the EPSU Policy Officer for the sector. The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Dr. Margret Steffen of Ver.di, Germany and the Vice-Presidents are Maryvonne Nicolle of CFDT Santé-Sociaux (France), Christina Mc Anea of UNISON (UK) and Kirsi Sillanpää of TEHY (Finland). Please find here a picture of the HSS Presidential Team. You can also get their contact details by clicking on the button below "View Contacts"
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On 18 September 2017 and in the weeks to follow health workers in Germany will mobilise to get mandated staffing levels and to achieve substantial progress as to the reduction of workloads and stress at their workplaces.
Workers and union representatives in the French social service multinational specialised in elderly care, Korian, met in Brussels, in order to better coordinate their struggles and strategies to secure better pay and conditions for the almost 47.000 workers employed in 4 countries.
Referring to the proud history of the actions of the Polish trade union of nurses and midwives, EPSU General Secretary supported the union’s continued demand for decent pay and conditions
On 19 and 20 June 2017, HOSPEEM and EPSU organised the conference “Working together, learning together – Switching to the learning mode” in Amsterdam to deepen their thematic work on continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning (LLL).
On 2 June 2017 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Bulgaria, together with , organised a Discussion Forum in Sofia to identify and address the challenges for effective social dialogue in Bulgaria. EPSU and HOSPEEM contributed to the exchange in highlighting the role and illustrating main outcomes of the the EU-level social dialogue in the hospital sector.
A new briefing paper of Corporate Europe on the Creeping Privatisation of Health Care in the European Union provides detailed insight in the political and market mechanisms that increase health inequalities and lead to privatization of basic care.
On 16 and 17 May 2017 Ukrainian trade unions, ILO, ITUC, PERC and EPSU organised a workshop to exchange information on the health care reforms recently implemented or planned in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
Workers in the French social services multinational, Orpea, recently came together in Brussels, in order to better coordinate their struggles for better pay and conditions.
EPSU’s Firefighters Network met in Brussels today on this International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Joint Statement - Health has social, environmental and behaviour determinants. We need to address public health with ambition: prevent deterioration of health and avoidable deaths, invest in health promotion and prevention.
Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Project “Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to CPD and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care” (01.02.2017-31.01.2019)