April 7 : denouncing Health commercialisation everywhere in Europe !
15 December 2016
On April 7, we call for the second edition of the European Day of action against Health commercialisation. In 2016, actions took place in Belgium, France and Spain and several other activities accross Europe have been shared through social medias.
In 2017, the objective is to have significant and visible actions in 7 or 8 European countries. It seems to us important to :
- mobilize health professionals
- give confidence building on possible victories, as well as propose alternatives
- be as close as possible to local struggles/demands
- use the opportunity to do popular education
Below some elements you could use to rise awareness about the European aspects of the attacks against Health systems in Europe.
1. a general political framework
2. a website to document commercialisation in Europe (www.health-is-not-for-sale.org)
3. other communication tools : social media action, logo, fb, twitter, european map of actions
Together, all around Europe, we can build a wide social alliance with the message
Our Health is not for sale ! #health4all
1. Political content
The two axes below are the proposed common political framework :
1. Denouncing current austerity measures and their consequences
direct consequences : long waiting lists, degradation of working conditions, job losses, various negative effects on the social determinants of health
indirect consequences : public under-investment leading to privatisation, outsourcing policies (social dumping), PPPs and PFIs, reduction in patients/users reimbursments and development of private insurances...
2. Denouncing free-trade
Deregulation and regulation in favour of transnational corporations;
General competitive bidding in the Single Market, widening of the health market with health as a commodity : public/associative organisations cannot compete...
Policies favouring financial capital and TNC : Big capital lobbying, collusion, corruption
Adding to those denunciations, we propose to lead an « idealogical » struggle/campaign against neoliberal ’common sense’ i.e., private is more efficient, is cheaper, etc... : Privatisation commercializes health vs health as a fundamental right in a true democracy, risks selection, privatisation of benefits vs socialisation of losses, degradation of working conditions, deepening inequalities,...
Based on this political framework, we are willing to elaborate more precise European demands (linked with local demands) we could use to confront political leaders (more informations soon).
2. The website
On 7th of April 2016 we launched the website www.health-is-not-for-sale.org aiming to gather precise/local information about commercialisation processes in Europe.
As last year, we are also proposing a "white sheet" action through social medias. The idea is to ask citizens, health workers, etc... to hang a white sheet from the window with a message against commercialisation and to take a picture sending it through social medias with the hashtag #health4all.
See pictures of last year
3. Communication tools
A facebook event has been launched where you could find updated informations about actions in the different countries.
Also in this section
23 May 2016 – Evaluation 7 april/avril/abril
3 March 2016 – European day of action against commercialisation April 7