MEP Nessa Childers S&D and Health Workers for all have the pleasure to invite you to the policy debate entitled ‘Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU – Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, organised in collaboration with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).
In 2010, the member countries of the World Health Organization (including the EU and its Member States) endorsed the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, which addresses the root causes of health workforce migration and brain drain. It urges its signatories to adopt ethical recruitment practices, boost education and training, increase retention, and improve working conditions, remuneration and migrants’ rights.
The principles of the WHO Global Code are equally valid inside the EU where increased health worker migration from poorer Member States, as well as from countries hit hard by the ongoing economic crisis, is creating distribution imbalances within and between countries that potentially threaten the sustainability of health systems and contribute to an increase of health inequalities. Despite the WHO Code – which became an integral part of the Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce released by the European Commission in 2012 – political consensus and policy coherence for sustainable health workforce management is still a long way off. The event is a timely opportunity to discuss concrete solutions and share good practices.
The existence of an efficient health workforce is a public good that must be upheld at the global, European, national, and regional/local level.
Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU – Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence.
Brussels | 5 May 2015 | 12h30 – 15h30 | European Parliament | Altiero Spinelli | A3G-2