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.
This article summarises the main topics addressed at the meeting as well as the major decisions taken at the 50th edition of the EPSU Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" (SC HSS) on 27 February.
On 28 March 2019 EPSU participated, together with its representatives of the two national affiliates from Romania, Sanitas, and Croatia, HSSMS-MT, in the kick-off meeting of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU project focusing on strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector that will run in 2019 and 2020.
On 1 and 2 April EPSU participated in and contributed to activities in relation to World Health Day (7 April) to fight against (more) privatisation, marketisation and commercialisation in this sector across Europe.
On 7 March 2019 EPSU participated in a roundtable of more than 40 participants in the European Parliament on the prevention of exposure to hazardous drugs in the healthcare sector in Europe.
On 4 March 2019, DG SANTE had invited to a first meeting of a "Coalition for Vaccination" in order “to bring together European associations of healthcare workers as well as relevant students' associations in the field, to commit to delivering accurate information to the public.
Defending affordable and good quality care for public administration staff and their families in Portugal against commercial interests
Representatives of STAL and other trade unions are continuing their fight for the right to health as well as affordable and good quality care for public administration staff and their families in Portugal.
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.
New research published in "The Lancet" ahead of the COP24 shows that emissions, climate change and rising temperatures are already exposing people around the globe to unacceptably high health risks.