Health and Social Services, Health
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.
Luca Scarpiello is the EPSU Policy Officer for the sector. The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Maryvonne Nicolle of CFDT Santé-Sociaux, France and the Vice-Presidents are Dietmar Erdmeier of Ver.di (Germany), Kirsi Sillanpää of TEHY (Finland) and Razvan Gae of Sanitas (Romania). Please find here a picture of the HSS Presidential Team 2014-2018, here a picture of the HSS Presidential Team 2018-2019 elected in the SC HSS on 2 October 2018 and here a picture of the new HSS Presidential Team 2019-2024. You can also get their contact details here.
Find out who is your national EPSU representative for health and services below.
A joint conference organised by EPSU and HOSPEEM took place in Vilinus on the 23rd and 24th of May with the support of of the Lithuanian EPSU affiliate Lietuvos sveikatos apsaugos darbuotojų profesinė sąjunga (LSADPS).
Hospital social partners - "A sound mind in a sound body - taking care of those who take care of us"
Social Partner’s Conference on Occupational Safety and Health focusing on prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W - A sound mind in a sound body - Taking care of those who take care of us
On 6 April 2018 SIPTU organised in Dublin the seminar "Meeting the Challenges – Winning Respect". It brought together about 40 members and workers’ representatives working in the National Ambulance Service.
Employers and trade unions renew commitment to ethical cross-border recruitment and retention policies
The European sectoral social partners for the hospital/health care sector, EPSU and HOSPEEM, renewed their commitment to promote decent recruitment and working conditions for migrant workers, in hospitals and health care facilities.
On 14 March 2018 nearly 50 colleagues from about 20 countries met in Brussels for the spring 2018 meeting of the Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" (SC HSS).
On 28 February EPSU and a broad range of healthcare stakeholders held a fruitful exchange with the European Commission regarding the development of healthcare standards by the European standardisation body CEN.
On 20 December 2017 EPSU submitted a contribution to the second phase social partner consultation on revisions of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC). This was done in close cooperation with the ETUC and the ETUI. EPSU's contribution focuses on measures and regulation needed for a better protection of the workers in the health care sector from exposures to, manipulation or use of cytotoxic drugs. EPSU had two main requests in view of the revision of the directive.
EPSU sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Serbia and to the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government. It highlights the concerns of Serbian trade unions organising in health and social care regarding a new system for the classification of professions and related pay grades for public service workers.