Joint ECH-ECPM-ICMART-IVAA response to Commission’s Green Paper on the European Workforce for Health.

The European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH), the European Council of Doctors for Plurality in Medicine (ECPM), the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques  (ICMART) and the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), representing 132 medical CAM associations across Europe, welcome the Green Paper “On the European Workforce for Health” as part of the effort to substantiate the general prospects outlined in the White Paper “Together for Health” for the development of Public Health in Europe.

They agree with DG SANCO’s concern about the perspectives of the workforce for health in Europe. They share the view, as pointed out in the Green Paper, that particular issues like demographic factor, the public health capacity, the question of training, the management of migration within and outside of the EU, the demand for appropriate data and new technologies all have their influence to safeguard a sufficient and sustainable workforce for health in the decades to come.

The challenges to tackle these issues and to generate necessary and adequate changes are primarily directed towards the people responsible for the health policy systems in the EU at large and in each Member State. A number of decisive corrections and adjustments in the present systems seem to be indispensable to achieve the necessary progress in this direction. The CAM Doctors Associations therefore support the initiatives, taken up by the DG SANCO in the framework of the limited legal capacities of EU, to initiate and promote steps in this direction.

The CAM doctors’ associations are of the opinion that, in order to respond to the present challenges of the European healthcare systems there is a strong need to have a new perspective on the role of the primary care system – the front line of the health system. This has far-reaching consequences for the EU workforce for health.

The full document can be downloaded here.