(27 January) Today, the Corporate Europe Observatory published a new report, ‘When the market becomes deadly.’ It outlines how pressures towards privatisation of health and long-term care put Europe on a poor footing for a pandemic.
The report looks at both the EU policy pressures and the corporate lobbying that has promoted increased marketisation, commercialisation and privatisation of healthcare. These trends contributed to health and elderly care systems in Europe being poorly prepared for the pandemic. The evidence in the report makes clear the importance of well-funded and adequately resourced public health systems.
The report comes at a crucial time as Europe’s public health systems continue to cripple under the second wave of the pandemic, and problems arise with vaccine production. The importance of public ownership is clearer than ever.