European Health Policy Group (EHPG) meeting
- HSMC, Park House (G19 on the campus map)
- Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
The EPHG offers an opportunity for presenters and participants (from students to Professors) to take part in an in-depth discussion of papers focussed on contemporary issues in European Health Policy. Each paper will have a discussant.
The workshop will take place over two days and a workshop dinner and drinks reception will be held on the Thursday 11 May. This workshop not only offers an opportunity for highly detailed discussions, but also for colleagues from all over Europe to meet and work together.
Special session on Brexit and Right-wing populism
At the EHPG meeting in Birmingham, we will be having a special session on Friday morning in which we will explore European health care policy against the changing political backdrop within the European Union. Following the Brexit vote in the UK (which has previously had porous boundaries with EU countries) people still remain uncertain and unclear about the implications for NHS staff and patients, and for health policy more generally. What this will mean for the health services in the four countries of the UK is only now beginning to be sketched out and an Inquiry into Brexit and Social Care has been launched by the House of Commons Select Committee in the UK Parliament.
Elsewhere in Europe, nationalist and populist movements are rising, appearing to echo some of the sentiments of the British case study. Norbert Hofer of the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Marine le Pen of France’s Front National and Geert Wilders of Partij voor de Vrijheid in the Netherlands have all had increasing support in recent years and have built a policy platform based on re-establishing the boundaried nation state, with a particular focus on limiting migration from outside the EU. Given these political pressures, it is not surprising that the movement of staff between European countries, and from outside the EU has been a key focus of discussion about the strategic planning of health care in some European countries. Likewise defining the eligibility of patients whose legal status is undecided, despite their need being urgent, provokes particular challenges.
The Friday morning session will draw Professor Mark Exworthy’s work on Brexit and another speaker (tbc) who will discuss the main themes facing health policy and systems in Europe. Although we have an open call for papers, we welcome the submission of abstracts for EHPG that support this theme.