NHS workforce and the EU

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EU law sets minimum standards on employment rights and health and safety at work.

European Union (EU) policy developments in the area of employment and social affairs are of key importance to the NHS in its role as Europe’s largest employer. Common minimum standards on employment rights and health and safety at work are set in European law and these must be implemented in all the EU countries.

The NHS European Office, working closely with NHS Employers, represents the views of NHS organisations in Europe on employment policy and legislation. Our role is to inform NHS organisations of key EU developments and to promote the priorities and interests of the NHS to the EU institutions. In addition to general monitoring and engagement work on employment issues, the NHS European Office represents the NHS in the EU social dialogue process. 

Here you can find information about social dialogue and details of policy and legislative developments in the areas of employment and social policy which have implications for the NHS. The NHS European Office website covers EU developments across a range of other policy areas, including public health and healthcare systems, energy and the environment, competition and public procurement, pharmaceuticals and medical devices and innovation and research.

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