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.
At its 2018 November Plenary, the EP adopted a resolution on “Care services in the EU for improved gender equality”. EPSU had contributed to it with a written contribution and in direct exchanges with the rapporteur, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, EPP, Finland.
We join the European and global medical and human rights communities in condemning the prison sentences against Turkish doctors and academics for speaking out for peace and the suffering caused by wars.
The current system of approval of medical devices is carried out by private agencies, dominated by business interests. EPSU calls for an urgent overhaul of these procedures.
Trade unionists from all over Europe agree to step up efforts to build networks in health and social care multinationals
On 4 September, more than 40 trade union representatives from 15 European countries met in Brussels to discuss how to coordinate their activities in multinational enterprises in the health and social care sectors.
The Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive – What we need for a global EU strategy against work related cancer
EPSU shares the view of ETUC concerning the different elements needed for a global EU strategy against work related cancer. We want to insist on the need to provide better prevention for more than 12.7 million healthcare workers in Europe.
The French multinational company ORPEA specialising in elderly care, psychiatry, rehabilitation, home care and other assistance to dependent people is massively violating trade union rights of workers in the clinics of Celenus, one of its subsidiaries in Germany.
The official auditing body, the Cámara de Cuentas, has challenged the privatisation of hospitals in the Madrid region, arguing that there has been no evidence provided for any increase in efficiency or improvements in healthcare arising from the privatisation.
Trade unions and works council representatives met for the first time in the Special Negotiating Body (SNB) in order to establish a European Works Council (EWC) in the French-based care company KORIAN.
On the 30th June a demonstration and celebration for the NHS's 70 year anniversary has taken place in London.
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).