The health sector plays a key role in ensuring decent living conditions for all European citizens. In times of demographic change, the health sector is more and more important. Despite this, the economic crisis has been felt harshly in many European member states when it comes to quality and availability of health care services. In many countries, hospitals are being closed or privatised with health insurers cutting back on service provision. Eastern European member states are suffering from a brain drain of young qualified medical staff who are leaving due to worsening working conditions.
CESI is working to strengthen the health sector in Europe and to ensure that high-quality, sustainable health care is guaranteed for Europe’s citizens. These goals can only be achieved by investing in people and by offering incentives to people to pursue a career in the health sector.
In 2018, the Health Trade Council focuses its work on:
• the European Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth): digitalisation, new technologies and health
• labour shortages in the healthcare system, with a special reference to likely impacts of Brexit
• working conditions for healhtcare employees: workload in combination with regulatory burden
• active and healthy ageing: specific needs in elderly care
• application and impacts of EU working time directive in the health sector
• potentially forthcoming European Directive on dangerous medicine: safety aspects of patients and healthcare professionals in the preparation and administration of dangerous medicines;
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat