29 September 15:00-18:30

European Parliament – Brussels

The event will bring together experts and essential healthcare workers who have been on the front-line during the pandemic. We will collect direct testimonies of the impact of covid-19 and discuss the possibilities we have to strengthen our public healthcare systems.

Interpretation available in: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch and Czech


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15:00-15:10 Introduction by Marisa Matias, MEP The Left

15:10-15:20 COVID-19 and public health – Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary of the European Federation of Public Services Trade Unions (EPSU)

15:20 – 16:00 – Impact of COVID-19 on public health system and health workers
· Dian Maria Blandina, PhD researcher Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
· Marie Rose Ghys, Jessa Hospital, Hasselt, BBTK-SETCa, Belgium
· Chantal Less, Erasmus University Hospital Brussels, Belgium
· Monika Kudrová, Hospital Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
· Mário André Macedo, Hospital Fernando Fonseca, Amadora, Portugal

16:00- 16:15- Reactions from MEPs: Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D), Tilly Metz (Greens)

16:15-16:45 Q&A [with interventions from the floor]

16:45- 17:00- Coffee break

17:00-17:35 – Impact of COVID-19 on long-term care and care workers

· Karol Florek, independent research consultant, UK
· Maria Juana Peñafiel Heras, Residencial Santa Hortensia, Federación de Sanidad y Sectores Sociosanitarios de CCOO (FSS-CCOO), Madrid, Spain
· Nicole Meyer, Orpea, Ver.di, Germany
· Carol Wathlet, Groupe Armonea, CNE, Brussels, Belgium

17:35-17:50 – Reactions from MEPs: Marc Botenga , The Left

17:50 – 18:20 Q&A [with interventions from the floor]

18:20-18:30 Conclusion by Katerina Konecna, MEP The Left


Event co-organised by The Left and EPSU