European Conference in defence of public and universal health service and social protection

Second appeal in defence of public health service

Everywhere in Europe, the crisis of national debts is used as an excuse to damage public hospital, welfare, patients, and health workers. As a result we can see : difficulties on access to health care for the poorest, brutal closedowns of beds, services, even hospitals, acceleration of hospitals privatization, patients taxation, or like in Poland, abolition of worker status in aid of self entrepreneur status or some ‘garbage contracts’ out of labour legislation.

This means the rejection of public finance system and general security system for private insurance benefits. In England it’s with a sweeping “reform” which threatens to break up the National Health Service and create a competitive market and far-reaching privatisation, alongside o £20 billion sqeeze on finances.

In all European countries, different austerity measures on health aim at dismantling of egalitarian solidarity systems. This is one further example of how governments make the workers and the society pay for the economic crisis they have provoked. These facts proved the importance of an international resistance to privatizations and austerity policies.

The Polish government ‘s decision to replace workers status by self entrepreneurs is a danger for all Polish workers but it also represents an experimentation laboratory which could spread over all European countries.

This situation needs a common action of health workers, patients, citizens, a shared experience of national resistances in defence of public health and social security system, the organization of a concrete solidarity, and the thought on international initiatives to protect universal access to an egalitarian solidarity health system.

This is a choice between real health policy and bankers. We have already choose: an equal access on a free health system, sanitary democracy, public finances instead of private owners benefits. Public finances cannot serve particular profits and shareholders anymore.

After Katowice (Poland) meeting, on the 19 and 20 November 2011, the trade unions and the non-profit making organizations for health and social security system have decided to organize a new conference in mid 2012 in France in order to fight for a high health system level.


This new conference will be held on the 12th and 13th of May 2012 in Paris.

If interested, please contact the organization committee.

In order to prepare for the conference, written participations are welcome and will be sent to each participant beforehend.

Contacts :

* Mme Françoise NAY 33607890657 mail : for the National coordination of the defense committees of the hospitals and maternities of proximity (Coordination nationale des comités de défense des hôpitaux et maternités de proximité).

* Mr Bruno PERCEBOIS 33670343587 mail PMI doctor (médecin de PMI (protection maternelle et infantile)

* Mme BINOT Fabienne 33683204807 mail et M Vladimir NIEDDU 33603403079 mail for the French trade-union SUD Santé Sociaux

* Mr Jan MALEWSKI 33634734875 correspondent in France of WZZ « Sierpien 80 » (Free Trade Union « August 80 », Poland).


Here is a registration form you are asked to send as soon as possible to Fabienne Binot ( or Jean Malewski (

Registration form

Country :

Organization :

Name, Firstname, address, phone, email of members of the delegation :

Date and hour of arrival :

Date and hour of departure :

Material issues :

Transportation needed :  yes     no

Accomodation required : yes     no

idioms understood :

idioms used for oral interventions :

Meal : saturday lunch    saturday supper

sunday lunch      sunday supper



zaterdag 12 mei 2012 - 9.00 tot zondag 13 mei 2012 - 17.00

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