How can Europe ensure good quality healthcare for all people and counter the increasing pressures brought about by under-investment and lack of cooperation between different healthcare systems? This was the question asked at a European Public Service Union meeting attended by around 60 representatives from 25 countries.
Many participants mentioned difficulties with ensuring safe and adequate staffing levels in healthcare. The problems demand an approach that goes beyond looking at individual workplaces and addresses broader questions of the supply (and demand) for healthcare workers, investment in training and funding in general.
Trends regarding the privatisation, marketisation and commercialisation of health (and social) care run counter to the need to increase funding in public systems and to step up coordination and cooperation of polices across Europe to ensure universal access to high quality healthcare. Well-funded and democratically controlled healthcare systems are extremely efficient when compared to these where market forces are allowed to play too big a role.
To read the full report on strengthening public healthcare systems on the epsu.org website.