Webinar 1: Setting the scene: definitions, impact and role of social dialogue  

The webinar is the first of a series of events as part of our joint project with EPSU, CEMR, CESI, ETUCE, EUPAE, ETF, UITP, and ETNO on the role of social partners in preventing third-party violence and harassment at work will take place on Tuesday 15 June 2021 – 14:00-16:30 CET.

The webinar’s objective is to review definitions, legal frameworks, latest data available & kickoff discussion on the role of sectoral social dialogue.

The project will examine and discuss the prevalence, causes and impact of third-party violence and harassment at work in the partners’ respective sectors as well as recent legislative and social partners’ responses to this major health and safety matter of common concern.

It will aim to assess the application at the national level of 2010 Multi-sectoral Guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work and whether further actions might be needed to make its implementation more effective. 

The project will focus on the following sectors: hospitals, prison services, employment services, front line workers in local and regional government, secondary schools, urban public transport as well as telecoms. 

Interpretation will be provided to and from English, French, Italian and Spanish.

To register for the webinar, please follow this linkThe deadline for registration is 11 June 2021.

Draft agenda (as of 07 May 2021)

Dissemination Workshop

The Dissemination Workshop of the HOSPEEMEPSU joint project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe”, will take place on 16 June 2021 online.  The workshop is organised by HOSPEEM.

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Agenda

Presentations

Report

General

Strengthening Social Dialogue project description (2019-2020)
European Sectoral Social Dialogue activities overview (2006-2019)

Workshop 1: Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania (14.06.2019)
Workshop 2: Southern Europe, Rome, Italy (15.11.2019)
Workshop 3: Central Europe, Zagreb, Croatia (Online) (20.04.2021)

***This workshop was originally planned in Brussels in 2020. Due to exceptional circumstances, the workshop takes place online on 16 June 2021***

EPSU has also published a webpage on this topic.

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This project has received financial support from the European Union

HOSPEEM and SGI Europe respond to the public consultation on European Commission Green Paper on Ageing

HOSPEEM and SGI Europe welcome the EC Green Paper on Ageing. This paper raises relevant questions for Europe’s ageing society.

Our key aspects are that European citizens will receive the best possible healthcare and long-term care and can rely on adequate and sustainable pensions in the decades to come to live in dignity throughout their retirement. (This target is also enshrined in principle 15 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.) Therefore, we concentrated on the questions related to these goals/targets in our response to the public consultation on European Commission Green Paper on Ageing..

Read the full response here

Regional Workshop 3: Central Europe

The third Regional Workshop of the HOSPEEMEPSU joint project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe” took place online on 20 April 2021. The workshop was organised by HSSMS-MT (EPSU affiliate, Croatia) and co-organised by EPSU.

The geographical focus of this third workshop is on Central Europe, specifically targeted at Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia. Simultaneous interpretation was provided from and into English, Croatian, Czech and Slovenian.

Agenda

Draft agenda, as of 17.03.2021

Presentations (as of 22.04.2021)

Project presentation, Adam Rogalewski (European Federation of Public Service Unions-EPSU)
Social dialogue at EU level, Jan Behrens (European Commission-EC)
Activities of the hospital sector, Simone Mohrs, (European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association-HOSPEEM)
Survey findings for Czechia and Slovakia, Marta Kahancová, (Central European Labour Studies Institute-CELSI)
Survey findings for Croatia and Slovenia, Barbora Holubová, (Central European Labour Studies Institute-CELSI)
Panel and open discussion and exchange on challenges faced by social partners with contributions from: Marijana Filipić (Croatian Employers’ Association), Jiří Horecký (Union of Employers of Czech Republic), Anica Prašnjak (Croatian Trade Union of Nurses and Medical Technicians), Ivana Břeňková (Trade union of health and social care, Czech Republic), Anton Szalay (Slovak Trade Union of Health and Social Services)

Report and factsheets (coming soon)

Report

Fact Sheet Croatia
Fact Sheet Czech Republic
Fact Sheet Slovakia
Fact Sheet Slovenia

Graphics 

Graphics: view Gallery or download in PDF

General

Workshop 1: Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania (14.06.2019)
Workshop 2: Southern Europe, Rome, Italy (15.11.2019)
Strengthening Social Dialogue project description (2019-2021)
European Sectoral Social Dialogue activities overview (2006-2019)

***This workshop was originally planned in Zagreb on 15 May 2020. Due to exceptional circumstances, the workshop took place online on 20 April 2021***

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EPSU has also published a webpage on this topic.

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This project has received financial support from the European Union

The year 2020 at a glance : HOSPEEM Activity report

2020 has been an eventful year ensuring that the views of hospital and healthcare employers are being heard at the highest level. The HOSPEEM Activity Report 2020 is published and presents the main activities carried out during the year (page 3,4,5) as well as relevant information on the structure and membership of HOSPEEM.

Firstly, HOSPEEM published a collection of challenges and lessons learnt in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, providing a first insight into hospital and healthcare employers’ experiences. HOSPEEM believes that long-term investments are of vital importance to sustaining a resilient healthcare system and society as a whole.

Secondly, the Eurofound representativeness study for the Hospital Sector was published, confirming that HOSPEEM remains the most representative hospital employer association on the EU level. HOSPEEM called for political support from European institutions to strengthen capacity building of sectoral social partners to be represented in the European sectoral social dialogue.

Thirdly, HOSPEEM and the signatories of the Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence (TPV) and harassment related to work published a statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the guidelines in 2020.

Download the report 2020

Marta Branca speaking at the EESC Hearing on the European Health Union

On Monday, 29th March, HOSPEEM Secretary General, Marta Branca delivered the following remarks to a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) public hearing on ‘building a European Health Union’.

To fully profit from the European Health Union’s undertaking and take care of those who take care of us, we have to generate dialogue between all stakeholders’ levels. Therefore, we highly appreciate the representation of social partners and civil society organisations, professional representation, and representatives from the Committee of the Regions.

Additionally, as representatives of national employers’ organisations, we are looking forward to providing and exchanging our expertise and practices to harness the European project’s full potential.

Looking at the European Commission proposal, we are confident that the EHU will help in four areas, by:

  1. Creating shared governance, including coordination among governments and key stakeholders, such as social partners;
  2. Building a responsive culture to a crisis, where information is circulated timely and avoiding misinformation;
  3. Ensuring sufficient monetary resources in the system and flexibility to reallocate and inject extra funds to respond to the crisis. Investment in health is never a cost.
  4. Allocate appropriate level and distribution of human and physical resources, including personal protective equipment.

 In the future, HOSPEEM is interested in receiving more information on the conducting the so-called “stress test” and the auditing process, including which indicators would be used.

 While the health system’s stress test outcome might reveal significant shortages, the actors present with me at this panel have known them for decades. Hopefully, it will be a wake-up call for the Member States to acknowledge the sector as an investment rather than expenditure that has to be cut by reforms and austerity measures.

 As we all know by now, a country’s economy is only as healthy as its population contributing to it. Suppose that Member States start to invest in all building blocks of the health system, a direct effect will be a healthier population resulting in an increased and meaningful contribution to the economy.

 Let me come back to the stress tests. We are convinced that to maximise the full potential of a stress test in the health sector, it needs to be designed and implemented in cooperation with independent key players from the health systems. I should not compromise the autonomy of the Member States and national social partners regarding Art. 154 and 168 (7) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union.

 To audit the stress test as laid out by the European Commission, we are looking forward to receiving more information concerning their transparency and planning to involve healthcare stakeholders and social partners.

 Turning now to the report of rapporteur Vardakastanis: Please allow me to elaborate on three elements that we consider important to highlight in this discussion:

  1. Indeed, the European Health Union’s rollout needs to connect with the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan implementation. The Plan foresees the proposal of new tools to measure the barriers and gaps in healthcare access. Member States are encouraged to boost the digitalisation of the health systems and to tackle health inequality while also being encouraged to invest in the health and care workforce, improving their working conditions and access to training.
  2. We certainly need to shift our thinking about healthcare. While the points outlined by the rapporteur are very true, we would like to see the reference to service provision, digital transformation and occupational safety and health measures.
  3. Regarding the principle of subsidiarity in healthcare services, which according to the rapporteur should be revised and reformed, HOSPEEM would like to reiterate that the health system’s management, including the health workforce, needs to remain a Member State competence. Diversity exists in the organisation of national health systems that are largely linked to historical developments and cultures. For these reasons, we encourage the Members States to work together with the social partners and the European institutions, particularly the European Commission, to exchange practices and work together in solidarity

Link to the full speech

Link to EESC website

NHS Employers and HOSPEEM to speak on Ethical international recruitment of skilled workers in the healthcare sector 

On 21 April 2021, HOSPEEM’s UK member, together with the UK Department of Health and Social Care, the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will speak on Ethical international recruitment of skilled workers in the healthcare sector online seminar series hosted by the German institute EBB Bildung.

Like many other countries worldwide, Germany is affected by a shortage of skilled labour, especially in the healthcare sector. As a result, healthcare facilities, employers, and agencies aim to close the skills gap by recruiting international skilled workers, mostly from lower-income countries. Simultaneously, the outflow of skilled workers impacts the economies of these countries of origin with already fragile health systems. Regardless of the disparities that arisen, health worker migration has increased over the past decades. How could these inequalities be addressed, knowing that migrants belong to the most vulnerable groups on the job market, especially in the healthcare sector? Which instruments are needed to guarantee sustainable and ethical recruitment practices from abroad and equal rights and ethical treatment of skilled workers in their new workplace?

To address these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in 2010.

How a Global Code finds implementation on the European, national, local level and then workplace level will focus on the IQ online-seminar. Altogether, the IQ online-seminar will allow attendees to understand how several international ethical recruitment codes are implemented on different policy levels. Finally, as a practical example, King’s College Hospital London will present their international recruitment practices.

Speakers: 
The webinar concept note is available in English – EN and German – DE

Please register via mail by 16 April 2021 at hospeem@hospeem.eu.

Zorgnet-Icuro becomes HOSPEEM full-fledged Member

In March 2021, HOSPEEM welcomed Zorgnet-Icuro as full-fledged member. Zorgnet-Icuro has been HOSPEEM observer Member since 2020. Sylvie Slangen, Advisor for HR and Social Dialogue at Zorgnet-Icuro, also joined the HOSPEEM Steering Committee.

Zorgnet-Icuro is the employers’ association in Belgium representing the Flemish network of care organisations. The organisation aims to defend shared interests and represent them at Flemish, national and international level. The network also promotes knowledge and expertise sharing. More than 775 recognized care organizations are members such as general and acute hospitals, university hospitals, mental health services and facilities for elderly care, in particular residential care centres.

“Zorgnet-Icuro became an observer member of HOSPEEM a year ago. This collaboration was all the more rewarding because Europe is becoming increasingly important for our role as employers in the Belgian healthcare sector. We are confident that in HOSPEEM we have found the right partner to represent our interests as employers of healthcare in Europe. We are therefore pleased to continue our cooperation as a full-fledged member from now on.”

Margot Cloet, Zorgnet-Icuro, Belgium

Marta Branca elected Secretary General of HOSPEEM

Brussels, 04.03.2021

Marta Branca was elected Secretary General of HOSPEEM for a mandate period ending in December 2021.

Ms Branca has been involved in HOSPEEM’s activities since 2008 as a member of the Board and General Assembly on behalf of ARAN, Agenzia per la Rappresentanza Negoziale delle Pubbliche Amministrazioni, leading the HOSPEEM Italian Membership in which FIASO and INMI Spallanzani are also represented. She has been HOSPEEM Vice-Secretary since 2018.

At European level she is mainly responsible for leading the negotiations with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) in the framework of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector and for representing HOSPEEM at high level meetings and towards the European institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

At national level Ms Marta Branca is the Director General of ASL Roma 3 (Local health unit n°3 of Rome) and she is representing ARAN.

She has a long experience in the field of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the healthcare sector. She previously worked as Director General at the Italian National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI Spallanzani) and held several managerial positions in local and national health institutions.

“It is a pleasure and an honour to be elected Secretary General of HOSPEEM. In my quality as ARAN representative, founder Member of HOSPEEM, I strongly believe in the key role of social dialogue in the health sector at national and EU level. In this period of global emergency due to the pandemic, it is fundamental for health employers to bring their voice up, also in view of the creation of an EU Health Union”.

Marta Branca

Download the HOSPEEM Press Release (Pdf)

FIASO also published a Press Release on this topic (IT)