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.
Adam Rogalewski is the EPSU Policy Officer for the sector. The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Kirsi Sillanpää, Tehy, Finland, and the Vice-Presidents are Dietmar Erdmeier of Ver.di (Germany) and Razvan Gae of Sanitas (Romania). You can get their contact details here.
Find out who is your national EPSU representative for health and services below.
Eurofound's Industrial Relations Landscape Report reinforces request for EU social dialogue in social services
(Press Release) Last week, Eurofound published its Industrial Relations Landscape Report, which compiles the information from the previous representativeness studies in the public services sectors.
Stop Cancer at Work Campaign welcomes progress made in protecting workers from cancer and reproductive problems at work
(Press Release) The Stop Cancer at Work Campaign today welcomes the provisional political agreement by the European Parliament and European Council to include for the first time greater protection and reference to reprotoxic substances and hazardous medicinal products
The conference focused on ensuring a quality of long-term care in Europe and was attended by representatives of the EU Commission (DG Employment), Eurofound, the European Institute for Gender Equality, Eurocarers.
EPSU demands action from EU Health Ministers to improve working conditions and safe staffing for care and health workers
On the occasion of the Council of Ministers for Health on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, EPSU demands that Ministers stand up for the right to health and care, remembering that the resilience of health and care systems means investment and funding.
Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospitals and Healthcare Sector debate review of Framework of Actions on Recruitment and Retention
On 30 November 2021 the plenary meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospitals and Healthcare Sector took place in the hybrid form.
Project Report and Country Fact Sheets available : Strengthening Sectoral Social Dialogue in the hospital sector in the East, South and Central Europe
The Project Report and Country Fact Sheets are available here from the successful completion of the project “Strengthening Sectoral Social Dialogue in the hospital sector in the East, South and
EPSU representatives participated at the conference "Employment challenges and opportunities in the social care sector: the case of long-term care" organized by Eurodiaconia in cooperation with Social Services Europe.