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  • Korea: KHMU Campaigns Against For-Profit Hospitals

    04 April 2019
    KHMU members protest against the for-profit hospital in Jeju.

    The Korean Health and Medical Union (KHMU) will organise a series of campaigns this year to defend the right to quality public healthcare and for workers’ rights in the sector. At its 21st anniversary ceremony and regular congress which took place on 27-28 February, the union decided to include all-out mobilisation against the expansion of for-profit hospitals and against precarious work.

  • Community Health Workers in Pakistan – a struggle for union registration

    02 April 2019

    The Community Health Workers programme in Pakistan, commonly known as Lady Health Workers, LHWs programme was started in 1994 with a staff of nearly 30,000 women. Over the years, the programme has expanded to more than 125,000 employees deployed in all districts of the country. They serve as the cadre that links first-level care facilities to communities.

  • India federal budget pushes private insurance in health

    02 April 2019
    Enrolling for National Health Insurance in India. Photo: ILO

    Every year, around 55 million Indians are pushed into poverty due to catastrophic healthcare expenditures. And this is only one of the symptoms of a broken system that is also entrenched in ethical issues over inappropriate treatment in private facilities, overcrowded and underfunded public facilities and deteriorating work conditions.

  • Submissions on proposed tax standards show overwhelming support for more corporate transparency

    29 March 2019

    Submissions on the Global Reporting Initiative’s proposed new tax Standards, made public today, show overwhelming support for increased corporate tax transparency, including from some of the largest institutional investors in the world.

  • Towards World Health Day 2019

    25 March 2019

    7 April has been celebrated since 1950 as World Health Day (WHD). This is to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1947, and quite importantly to draw global attention to important issues in international health. WHO provides institutional leadership for WHD as a global health awareness day. This includes setting a theme.

  • EPSU 50th Standing Committee on Health and Social Services

    24 March 2019
    Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU General Secretary

    The European Federation of Public Service Unions Standing Committee on Health and Social Services (EPSU SC HSS) held its 50th statutory meeting on 27 February at the International Trade Union House, Brussels. Speaking during the course of the meeting, the EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan noted that this marks a milestone in the history of EPSU.

  • The Long Term Plan for the NHS in England

    24 March 2019
    Health staff discuss the long term plan with UK Prime Minister Theresa May

    The UK National Health Service has just published its latest plan for how the NHS in England should be organised over the next five years and beyond. This 136-page document represents a vision of a future health service that is based more on treating patients outside of hospitals, with a larger role for new digital technology and, in theory at least, a much smaller role for market competition.