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 2017, the Health Trade Council is focusing on following-up on the EU Green Paper on Health, dealing with shortages of human resources in the health sector
Implications of Brexit on health personnel but also on collaborating for the benefit of mobile workers in the health care sector and achieving a sustainable recruitment of carers.
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat