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  • Ensuring efficient and secure staffing in French public services

    15 March 2017
    French demo for more health staff

    Patients' health, safety and well-being depend primarily on the reliability and accuracy of health staffing methods. This may seem obvious and yet ...

  • Looming social welfare and healthcare reforms in Finland

    15 March 2017
    Social care working in Finland

    The health and social care sector in Finland is on the pathway to major reforms. Provision of services by the 313 Finnish municipalities are to be transferred to 18 autonomous regions (Social and Healthcare (SOTE) areas) to be created by 2019.

  • The NHS is in crisis - and it's a disaster of the government's own making

    15 March 2017
    UNISON member at the 4th March demo

    The UK's Conservative government has said enough money is being provided for the National Health Services. But UNISON, with nearly half a million members in healthcare, can see that is simply not true. The cracks in the facade are beginning to show.

  • European unions: Our health is not for sale!

    15 March 2017
    European public sector unions at the 2016 day of action

    Public sector trade unions will demonstrate actively across Europe on 7 April, World Health Day, in the second action day against commercialisation, market-isation and privatisation of health care. World Health Day has been “chosen by health users and workers, citizen collectives, trade unions and NGOs to demonstrate against Health commodification.”

  • Australia's push to private health care is making citizens sick

    14 March 2017

    The Australian health care system is often projected as one of the most efficient and effective in the world, with its universal Medicare system. Medicare is a universal insurance scheme that initially allowed free healthcare at point of access, regardless of income; funded through the country’s taxation system.

  • Corruption mars service delivery at Federal Medical Centre in Nigeria

    14 March 2017
    Com. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, and other union leaders picketed the Ministry of Health in Abuja

    Corrupt practices by management, in pursuit of PPPs, have marred service delivery at the Federal Medical Centre Owerri (FMC), in south-eastern Nigeria. The trade unions uncovered the action taken by highly placed officials in the federal ministry of health to cover up a series of malfeasance.

  • Liberia: building a resilient health service on a fragile infrastructure

    14 March 2017
    George Poe Williams, General secretary of NAHWAL, Liberia

    At the end of the Ebola crisis in the Mano River Basin, the Liberian government declared its commitment to building a resilient health care delivery system. However, the Liberian government left the same management in place and, unsurprisingly, working conditions for health workers have not improved.