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The Summer 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders Update (HPCB) has just been published

28.08.2020

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together with professional healthcare regulators within Europe to promote effective regulatory collaboration of cross-border healthcare and free movement of healthcare professionals. HPCB is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences. HPCB website: www.hpcb.eu

In this special Summer edition, HPCB focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on competent authorities around the world. CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published the CEOM survey of national teleconsultation practice in European countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main objective was to map best practices undertaken to support doctors’ vital work while protecting their health during the COVID-19 response. Twelve countries across Europe responded including: Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The outcome of the survey shows a shift toward teleconsultation across Europe, however, some differences have been identified particularly when it comes to medical procedures that can or cannot be conducted via teleconsultation and the technology available.

In addition, HPCB shared the European Medical Organisations condemnation of violence against healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full press release here: European Medical Organisations condemn attacks on healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download here the Summer 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update

Outcomes of CEOM Survey on COVID-19 Pandemic : teleconsultation and protection of healthcare staff

26.06.2020

CEOM conducted a survey on national teleconsultation practice and protection of healthcare staff in European countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main objective was to elaborate a mapping of best practices that were taken to facilitate doctors’ vital work while protecting their health during COVID-19. The survey was filled-out by 12 countries across Europe: Cyprus; Estonia; Germany; Greece; Italy; Luxembourg; The Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United-Kingdom.

 

The outcomes of CEOM’s survey showed that there was a massive shift to teleconsultation all over Europe, however, some differences have been pointed out. These differences are particularly shown when it comes to the medical acts that could be conducted via teleconsultation and the technology available.

 

European Medical Organisations condemn attacks on healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

14.05.2020

PRESS RELEASE - 14 MAY 2020

 

Following the alarming reports of cases of violence, discrimination and exclusion that physicians and other healthcare professionals across Europe have been facing because of the fear they will spread the Coronavirus, European Medical Organisations reaffirm that they stand in complete solidarity with their colleagues who are in the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

European Medical Organisations strongly condemn the stigma that physicians and other healthcare professionals dealing with infected patients are facing on a daily basis, both inside and outside the workplace. This unacceptable behaviour poses a huge risk to the physical and psychological health of physicians and other health professionals. Such traumatizing experiences lead healthcare staff to be ostracized and, in some cases, pressured to move out of their own homes, as well as discriminated against, physically attacked and verbally threatened and abused. Furthermore, in most of these cases, these victims do not disclose their experiences to the appropriate authorities because they have to keep focusing on the fight against the virus and therefore no legal action is being taken.

 

The on-going pandemic has reaffirmed physicians’ central role in ensuring the stability and wellbeing of our societies. On the 12th of March of this year, European Medical Organisations marked the first ever European Awareness Day on Violence against Doctors and other Health Professionals and committed themselves to act against this disturbing problem. We call on European governments and health authorities to achieve a zero-tolerance policy for violence against healthcare staff, to provide them with a safe working environment and adequate personal protective equipment while they are in the front line, and to deploy all necessary means to protect the physical and psychological integrity of our colleagues during this pandemic and beyond. These healthcare professionals, whom we applaud, deserve admiration, respect and protection. European Medical Organisations also pay tribute to all healthcare professionals who sadly lost their lives in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CEOM endorses the Joint AEMH-FEMS Statement on COVID-19

20.04.2020

Given all the reports on the current situation about the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic in several EU countries and on the situation of physicians and other healthcare workers, AEMH and FEMS adopted a Joint Statement on COVID-19 that has been endorsed by CEOM. The Statement emphasizes the following:

1. An exhausted doctor or other healthcare worker cannot help effectively ;

2. An infected doctor or other healthcare worker cannot help effectively ;

3. A doctor or other healthcare worker without the personal protective equipment cannot help effectively ;

4. The number of intensive care units should be sufficient.

Download the full Joint AEMH-FEMS Statement on COVID-19 here

The Spring 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders Update (HPCB) has just been published

14.04.2020

In this edition we take a look at the health profiles of 30 European countries and the shift toward prevention and primary care, we explore the latest Brexit developments, the European Commission White Paper on AI in healthcare and the updated annex on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications Directive.

 

CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published an article on the first ever Euopean Awarness Day on Violence against Doctors and other Health professionals, held on March 12 of this year. Health workers are increasingly confronted with situations of violence in their daily practice, even outside any context of conflict. This affects everyone. Patient safety and quality of care are endangered if health professionals are confronted with such risks. European Medical Organisations have issued a Joint Statement on Violence against Doctors and other Health Professionals calling on governments and stakeholders to act on the urgent need to protect medical personnel in the performance of their missions.

 

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together with professional healthcare regulators within Europe to promote effective regulatory collaboration of cross-border healthcare and free movement of healthcare professionals.

 

Download here the Spring 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update

 

HPCB is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences. HPCB website: www.hpcb.eu

 

European Healthcare Professionals issue a joint statement urging authorities to guarantee protection to those in front lines against Covid-19

27.03.2020

The European health professionals and their students’ organisations are calling on the European Commission and the governments to support and protect healthcare professionals fighting Covid-19. Staff must be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and must be regularly tested, regardless of reported symptoms or exposure.

As Europe has become the global center of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals are working hard to contain the spread of the virus, putting themselves at risk to protect the communities. Despite the unprecedented efforts to stop the pandemic, healthcare professionals are at the front line without adequate PPE. The number of infections and deaths of the healthcare staff is increasing every day.

Even in times of crisis, adequate working conditions must be ensured. Staff must have breaks and time off between shifts, to be able to carry on in what could be a long-term global crisis. The working time Directive should apply. Working in such conditions takes its toll on the psychological health of staff, so appropriate support services must also be put in place.

European healthcare professional organisations call on the European Commission to open a permanent line of communication with European health professionals to share experience and best practice across Europe and to ensure that the Commission’s own support measures focus on operational priorities on the ground.

The list of the organisations signing the statement:

  1. AEMH - European Association for Senior Hospital Physicians
  2. CED - Council of European Dentists
  3. CEOM - European Council of Medical Orders – CEOM
  4. CPME - Standing Committee of European Doctors
  5. EAHP - European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
  6. EFN - European Federation of Nurses Associations
  7. EJD – European Junior Doctors
  8. EMA - European Midwives Association
  9. EPSU - European Federation of Public Service Unions
  10. ERS - European respiratory Society
  11. FEMS - European Federation of Salaried Doctors (FEMS)
  12. UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists

Download the Joint Statement of the European organisations of Health Professionals on COVID-19

 

CEOM Meetings in 2020 - Cancellation of the Spring meeting and Save the date for the Winter meeting

26.03.2020

Given the evolution and the gravity of the situation regarding COVID-19 in Europe, CEOM Board has decided to cancel our CEOM Spring Meeting in Sanremo, which was planned to take place initially on May 29.
 
In the meantime, we would like to inform you that we will be holding only one CEOM Plenary Meeting in 2020. Our Greek participant, the Panhellenic Medical Association, kindly offered to host our Winter meeting, which will take place in Thessaloniki on Friday November 27.
 
Our Italian participant, la Federazione nazionale Ordini medici chirurghi e odontoiatri - FNOMCeO has very kindly offered to host us during Spring 2021 in Italy. The date and place will be indicated at a later stage.
 
For the time being, our thoughts are with all those affected by the pandemic and who are going through this crisis, especially European doctors and other health professionals who are on the front line. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is currently the priority for all of us.
 
Please stay safe and look out for those around you.

For the first time ever, European Medical Organisations join together to raise awareness on Violence against Doctors and other Health Professionals

12.03.2020

Today we mark the 1st ever European Awareness Day on Violence against Doctors and other Health Professionals. Health workers are increasingly confronted with situations of violence, sometimes extreme, in their daily practice, even outside any context of conflict. This affects us all. Patient safety and quality of care are endangered if health professionals are confronted with such risks.

 

The European Medical Organisations call on governments and all stakeholders to act on the urgent need to protect medical personnel in the performance of their missions. As a priority, the enforcement of existing laws to fight violence against doctors and health professionals in the workplace must be improved. In support of this, we ask for the establishment of national reporting mechanisms all across Europe. We furthermore call for the effective implementation of violence prevention programmes and assistance to victims. We ask for determined action to ensure access to quality care for all patients by protecting the freedom and safety of medical personnel and healthcare facilities.

Download the EMOs Joint Statement on Violence against Doctors and other Health Professionals

CEOM Activity Report 2019: the year in a nutshell

11.02.2020

CEOM is delighted to present our Activity Report 2019. Beyond its daily activities, both the CEOM Board and Secretariat regularly respond to requests from students, practicing doctors and other professionals on European mobility and medical ethics.

Download the CEOM Activity Report 2019 by clicking here

CEOM supports the British medical profession in shaping the post-Brexit future

CEOM joins other European Medical Organisations in supporting our British colleagues in shaping the future relationship between the UK & the EU after Brexit, taking into account the interests of the European medical profession
22.01.2020

Download the EMOs Joint Statement on Brexit and the advocacy posters here

CEOM adopts March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals

05.12.2019

During CEOM Plenary Meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) on 29 November 2019, CEOM participants have unanimously adopted March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals. This will be a yearly occasion for all national medical Orders and Associations across Europe to raise awareness and say stop. During the same occasion, CEOM recognized professional burnout as a type of socio-psychological violence that doctors have to face in the workplace. Click here to check-out the outcomes of our Plenary Meeting in Lisbon.

Previously, CEOM has launched its European Observatory on Violence against doctors in Modena (Italy) in 2017 and adopted CEOM Statement on Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals in Madrid (Spain) in 2018.

The 46th Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update is now available

HPCB is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences
29.11.2019

In this edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update, we take a look at the recent report published by the EMPL Committee of the European Parliament on labour mobility and recognition of professional qualifications, we have an exclusive article on the patient rights in cross-border healthcare Directive and we examine a new study on the role of nursing in European health policy.

CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published a presentation article on the Observatory on Violence Against Doctors in this new edition.

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together to promote effective collaboration of cross-border healthcare, and free movement of healthcare professionals. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. As ever, if you have any articles to contribute to future editions, please contact the HPCB Secretariat.

Download here the 46th edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update

www.hpcb.eu

CEOM joins the EU Coalition for Vaccination

In line with the objectives of the Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases, adopted on 7 December 2018, CEOM has joined the EU Coalition for Vaccination
13.11.2019

The Coalition for Vaccination brings together European associations of healthcare workers as well as relevant students´ associations in the field, to support delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths around vaccines and vaccination and exchanging best practice. The Coalition aims at contributing to obtain high vaccination coverage in the population and among health professionals through joining forces of different health professionals associations. Members of the coalition work cooperatively on an agreed set of activities. The work carried out by the Coalition at EU level shall be transposed and replicated at national level.

Seeing that the purpose of this Coalition is perfectly in line with CEOM’s missions and objectives, CEOM President Dr. José SANTOS expressed his will to make CEOM a member of the EU Coalition for Vaccination and to endorse the first Declaration by the Coalition.

The Coalition is currently co-chaired by:

  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • The European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)
  • The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

As a follow-up on the kick-off meeting of the Coalition for Vaccination, the European Commission launched the Coalition page on its European Health Policy Platform (EHPPP) to encourage the sharing of good-practices between the Coalition members.

During its Plenary meeting held in Tirana in June 2019, CEOM organized a round-table on the challenges of vaccination in Europe as the main topic of discussion of the Plenary. CEOM members adopted unanimously CEOM Declaration on Vaccination that aims at encouraging governments and competent authorities to improve vaccination coverage on the European continent, to raise awareness among health professionals and to work more closely with the European Commission on this issue.

Check the Coalition’s first press release in preparation of the 1st Global Vaccination Summit, co-organized by WHO and by the European Commission in Brussels: “New coalition for vaccination brings together healthcare professional

CEOM strongly supports the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019

18.09.2019

On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, the World Health Organisation launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

For more information : WHO Patient Safety Day website

CEOM implements the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors

11.09.2019

Objectives of the Observatory

On June 23rd 2017, the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors was created on the initiative of CEOM President Dr. José Santos.

The European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors aims to:

  1. Gather objective data about the cases of violence (location, type of practice, type of violence, aggressor profile, etc.) in order to arrive at a correct evaluation of needs, followed by effective proposals for action
  2. Map of existing national mechanisms to adress these violence cases
  3. Give priority to an exchange of preventive tools, thereby opening the way to a sharing of experiences
  4. Take concrete measures with the adoption of an official position aimed at health professionals, the public and the authorities

Work Method

► A Working Group, animated by Dr. Roland Kerzmann as Rapporteur, with representatives from the European Association of Senior Hospital Doctors (AEMH).

External Communication

CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published a presentation article on the Observatory on Violence Against Doctors in the 46th Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update (Winter 2019).

Interntional framewrok:

  • The World Medical Association's Statement on Violence and Health has been recently revised by the 70th WMA General Assembly in Tbilisi (Georgia), in October 2019

  • The World Medical Association's issued a Presse Release on the 28th of October 2019 regarding violence against doctors and Health Professionals, following a rising tide of violence reported from Central and South America, from India and Bangladesh, and from Germany. "Violence has become a significant public health challenge", said WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge.

Meetings and presentations

2019

7 June                           Tirana, Albania

Presentation of AEMH - Association Européenne des Médecins Hospitaliers Seniors - on violence against doctors

2018
30 November                      Madrid, Spain                      

CEOM Declaration on Violence Against Doctors and Health Professionals

Statement on Violence against doctors and health professionals by Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

15 June     Timisoara, Romania 

Presentation of the Portuguese Medical Order by Dr. J. De Deus, FEMS President

General updates by Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

 

2017
8 December                        Paris, France                            

Presentation of the CEOM questionnaire and exchange of views – Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

Presentation of the Spanish Observatory on Violence by Dr. J. M. Huerta

23 June Modena, Italy Launch of the European Observatory on Violence by Dr. R. Kerzmann

 

2016
2 December Paris, France Introductry presentation of the topic of Violence against doctors

 

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