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Correcting health workforce imbalances: What coordinating role for the EU?


Co-organised by the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and EPHA, a policy debate took place on 5 May 2015 which discussed how the ethical recruitment principles of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel could best be implemented. It focused on the European context where professional mobility is encouraged in the Internal Market yet posing increasing challenges for the health systems (...)
31/05/2015

General Data Protection Regulation - how to reconcile ethical and business concerns?


An event organised by the CEPS on 13 May 2015 provided an update of the status quo of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and presented issues under discussion during the Trilogue negotiations. Although the principal focus lay on stimulating dialogue between regulators and SMEs/start-ups, the debate also touched upon some health-related issues such as the development of eHealth as part of the Digital Single Market, and it brought up ethical questions related to the potential uses (...)
31/05/2015

European Agenda on Migration commits to saving lives but not to improving reception


The European Commission released its long-awaited Communication on a European Agenda on Migration on 13 May, thereby delivering one of President Juncker’s political priorities. While the likelihood of saving more migrants’ lives will be increased through increased funding for Frontex operations and a more coordinated effort to managing migration more fairly across Europe is welcome, the problem remains that reception conditions in EU countries are insufficient. Funding is (...)
31/05/2015

WHA adopts resolutions on AMR and immunization


On 25 May 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) - the supreme decision-making body of WHO which convenes annually in Geneva - agreed resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance and improve access to affordable vaccines. Tackling antimicrobial drug resistance The global importance and seriousness of AMR was highlighted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told delegates on the opening day that addressing AMR is one of the highest health priorities for the world. Following a (...)
31/05/2015

Op-ed articles highlight recruitment practices across Europe


In the run-up to the event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, Health Workers for All (HW4All) released a compilation of case studies that highlight good practices related to achieving a more equitable distribution of health workers across Europe, while highlighting the importance of respecting internationally mobile health workers’ rights. To complement the case studies, and prior to the 5 May event on the (...)
31/05/2015

[Press Release] New EU Migration Agenda falls short on health


Brussels, 18 May 2015 – - The European Commission released its European Agenda on Migration (1) on Wednesday 13 May. EPHA welcomes that action is finally being stepped up and more funding being made available, but warns that health requires further support. Health concerns – of migrants and of receiving countries’ populations - are notably absent in the agenda, which merely mentions the need to support ‘reception and capacity to provide healthcare to migrants in the (...)
18/05/2015

20th EAHP congress focuses on patient safety & changing roles of hospital pharmacists


The 20th congress of EPHA member the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) took place in Hamburg on 25-27 March 2015. This year’s focus was ’patient safety first’, and various sessions explored how hospital pharmacists can contribute to the patient journey, for example by ensuring medication reconciliation and safety and by providing expert advice on treatments and medicines. EPHA President Peggy Maguire - also Director General of the European Institute of (...)
31/03/2015

European Working Time consultation - where to go from here?


In December 2014, the European Commission launched the latest public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC in the hope to make progress following the failed negotiations of the cross-sectoral social partners at the end of 2012. The Commission’s declared goal is to consider making appropriate changes that would make the Directive more suitable for dealing with the ongoing challenges Europe’s employment sectors are subject to. The outcomes of the (...)
02/03/2015

Scottish Industry Representatives Support Scotland’s brave Alcohol Policy


On 5 September 2014, following the EPHA Annual Conference, the seminar on Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies successfully brought together representatives from Scottish health professionals with around 80 European colleagues and industry representatives to discuss the minimum unit pricing (MUP). This event highlighted the fact that different stakeholders are urging EU Member States and the European Commission to support the Scottish policy on alcohol. MUP is opposed by a (...)
31/10/2014

[EPHA Open letter] Asking for support for the Scottish Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol (MUP)


In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Since there is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on (...)
01/10/2014