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 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 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.
In February of 2020 EPSU, UNISON and SIPTU presented a seminar for Health Care Assistants which took place in London, UK. The aims of the seminar were to: Reflect on what are the most urgent priorities in the different member states on Healthcare assistants from a trade union prospective; Facilitate
S&D summit on a European Health Union – EPSU reiterates need to address funding, staffing and the role of unions and employers
The global pandemic underlined the need for the EU to have clearer policies and competences regarding public health threats. It has shown the importance of public health systems that can respond to crises and protect people.