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Public Health (02-05-2016)

3-4 May – Closing conference of the Health Workforce Joint Action

Tomorrow and Wednesday the Joint Action on health workforce planning and forecasting (2013-2016) partners will present the project's achievements at a closing conference in Mons, Belgium. The event will be welcomed by the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who will deliver the welcoming speech. Examples of results that will be presented to an audience of national Ministries, stakeholders and international organisations include:

  • A handbook of good practices and methodologies, providing an overview of methods used in a selection of seven EU countries, and pilot-tested in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Moldavia/Romania;
  • A study looking at the main drivers of changes through to 2035, and implications for the health workforce in Europe;
  • Data analysis to support improved data quality, availability and comparability, for the benefit of EU countries.

By shedding more light on the evidence provided from the gathered data for current and future health workforce, the event also aims to provide a platform for Member States to discuss next steps in the field of health workforce planning and forecasting to find possible solutions for the shortage of healthcare workers in Europe.


Due to rising healthcare demands in an ageing Europe it is estimated that there will be a shortage of up to one million health workers in the EU by 2020, with certain Member States being particularly affected. As this could worsen health inequalities and put access to healthcare at risk, improving the sustainability of Europe's health workforce is a key objective of the Commission's Health Programmes.

The Joint Action on health workforce planning and forecasting co-financed by the 2nd Health Programme runs from 2013 until June 2016. Its objective is to provide a platform for Member States to work together on forecasting health workforce needs and workforce planning methodologies and to find possible solutions to the shortage of the health workforce in Europe. It brings together 31 associated partners, 62 collaborative partners from 28 countries, including international health and economic organisations (WHO Europe and OECD) and is led by FPS Federal Public Service Health, Food chain Safety and Environment in Belgium.

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