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[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

[Joint press release] Conference urges policy-makers to adopt ethical recruitment principles to stop health workforce brain drain


Brussels, 05 May 2015 – What role can ethical recruitment play for fair distribution of health workers?; and, what role has Europe in ensuring that freedom of movement of health workers in the Single Market does not translate into unequitable access to health services in less affluent regions? These are some of the questions that today’s event, ‘Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’ responded to. Jointly organised by (...)
05/05/2015

[Event announcement] Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU - Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence (5 May, Brussels)


On 5 May 2015, Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, Ireland) will host an event co-organised by EPHA together with the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). This policy seminar, at the European Parliament in Brussels, is an opportunity to discuss the principles contained in the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in the European context. The event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in (...)
30/04/2015

Applying ethical recruitment principles in 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) have released a number 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. Four op-ed articles have been released since December by HW4All coordinator (...)
30/04/2015

[Briefing note] TTIP and health professions


Whilst there is currently little indication that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would have a major direct impact on the health professions and their organization, this cannot yet be excluded in the longer term. Issues such as mutual recognition of professional qualifications in order to boost worker mobility between the EU and the USA are not centre stage in the discussions. However, since TTIP is said to be a ‘living agreement’, these issues are not (...)
Also about: Trade and Health , TTIP
31/03/2015

Moving on with the Implementation of the European Health Workforce Action Plan


The projected shortage of over 1 million health workers by 2020 represents a serious threat to health systems in Europe. Continued action on health workforce is essential across the EU as professional imbalances can lead to growing health disparities within and between countries. Europe’s health workforce policies also have a major impact on neighbouring countries and on a global scale. The implementation of the Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce is progressing with two key (...)
31/03/2015

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

Health Ministers’ Conclusions address patient safety and antimicrobial resistance


In recent years, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified as a major health threat. The 2014 European Antibiotic Awareness Day drew attention to the consequences arising from the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, for instance through self-medication. The emergence of multi-drug resistant ’superbugs’ as a result is a serious threat to health throughout Europe. European Health Ministers recently issued Council conclusions which expand the EU level discourse about (...)
18/12/2014

Good practice in ethical international recruitment at Calaraşi County Emergency Hospital (Romania)


Since EU accession in 2007 Romania and Bulgaria have struggled to retain qualified health professionals. Doctors and nurses in particular have been leaving in significant numbers. Given the impacts of out-migration on health system sustainability and access to healthcare, the initiative taken by a regional hospital in Southern Romania has been highlighted by the Health Workers For All project as good practice in effective cross-border cooperation. Long-term planning and the use of (...)
18/12/2014