Human resource mobility

Thursday, 02.10.2014 | 12:30 - 14:00

Sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and organised in collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The increasing mobility of health professionals worldwide – but in particular in Europe under the free movement of workers – influences the ability of national policy-makers to match the growing healthcare needs of their populations with an appropriate supply of human resources for health. The purpose of this workshop session is to discuss the positive and negative impacts of this mobility for health systems and explore different policy choices in order to possibly improve their cost/benefit ratio.

The workshop will address questions such as the following:

  • What can policy-makers learn from the most recent research on the topic of health professional mobility?
  • To what extent the mobility of health personnel can be influenced by different policy instruments on a national or transnational level and how desirable are the different policy options at disposal?
  • What are the ethical dimensions to this issue and how can we ensure an effective implementation of the WHO - Global Code of Practice on Health personnel recruitment

Introduction and rules of the game

Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Keynote: Recent trends in health professional mobility, recruitment and retention

James Buchan, Queen Margaret University, UK

Panel discussion on the benefits and cost of health professional mobility

Pascal Strupler, Director-General, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland

Francesca Colombo, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Miklós Szócska, former Secretary of State for Health, Semmelweis University, Hungary

Pascal Garel, Secretary-General, European Hospital Federation

Gilles Dussault, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Policy and Planning, Portugal

Final remarks and closing the session

Pascal Strupler, Director-General, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland

Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

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