CPME Rapporteur: Dr Jacques DE HALLER (CH)
CPME Secretariat: Ms Sarada DAS

The health workforce is a fundamental variable to be considered for the formation of any successful health policy. CPME believes quality of care and patient safety can only be safeguarded if the medical workforce in every Member State has access to the best possible training, can rely on safe working conditions and is adequately staffed. Cross-border mobility should be facilitated for the benefit of the individual doctor and the profession as a whole. It may not however be instrumentalised as a policy tool to respond to economic or infrastructural insufficiencies. The need to respond to new challenges, resulting from demographic or economic pressures, the rise of new disease patterns and new technologies, as well as the changing mobility trends is common to the profession across Europe. Exchange of good practice on planning and managing the medical workforce must be facilitated and supported.

CPME is a consortium member of the “Support for the health workforce planning and forecasting expert network” (SEPEN) joint tender. It is a new action in the field of European health workforce planning, supported by the Health programme of the European Union. Its aim is to establish an expert network on health workforce planning and forecasting. More information can be found here.

CPME policy documents include

'Green Paper' on the European Workforce for Health: CPME comments to the Commission consultation, March 2009