AK EUROPA Policy Brief: Improving Conditions for Health Professionals and Live-in Care Workers
AK EUROPA Policy Brief: Improving Conditions for Health Professionals and Live-in Care Workers
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02.06.2020 | Social
AK EUROPA Policy Brief: Improving Conditions for Health Professionals and Live-in Care Workers

All Member States are struggling with a shortage of staff in both the care and nursing of the elderly and in the health sector. The global corona pandemic has put additional pressure on sectors that are struggling to respond to demographic changes. While healthcare workers are confronted with understaffed workplaces, excessive working hours, low wages or insufficient rest or holiday periods, the working conditions of live-in care workers fall victim to intransparent agency structures that pave the way to exploitation or even abuse.

AK EUROPA's latest Policy Brief 4/2020 suggests that it is high time for action at EU-level. A "Health Professions Directive”, introducing Europe-wide minimum standards in health care professions, would be a response to Europe-wide workforce shortages whilst improving working conditions for healthcare workers. In light of the rising demand of live-in care workers, a framework directive defining the basic rights and obligations of all actors involved is urgently needed to effectively ensure the rights of live-in caregivers and to put intransparent practices to the detriment of workers, care receivers and their families to a halt.

The objective of our Policy Briefs is to summarize new developments in the world of workers and consumers in a short and concise manner, to present key findings and expose areas where political action is required, focusing especially on the EU level.

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Policy Brief: Improving Conditions for Health Prof

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If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miriam Fahimi (miriam.fahimi@akwien.at, T: 0043 1 501 651 2866), Silvia Rosoli (silvia.rosoli@akwien.at, T: 0043 1 501 651 2849), Kurt Schalek (kurt.schalek@akwien.at, T: 0043 1 501 651 2065), or Alice Wagner (in our Brussels office, alice.wagner@akeuropa.eu, T: 0032 22 30 62 54).

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