European Union of Private Hospitals

April 2020 – Where is the EU?

During these difficult times, we were all expecting a high level of coordination to limit risks in Europe. Former engagements and programs developed with EU support were supposed to boost cooperation. Emerge and ERINHA, for example, represented a constructive strategy to face epidemic threats. But alas, we surprisingly observed a stand back position and an intellectual lockdown at regional or national level. Too many local uncoordinated responses deserved efficiency. The question now is TRUST. European politics failed to diffuse scientific and medical responses, with the late reaction by WHO declaring the outbreak a pandemic. But we are nonetheless proud of the clear engagement articulated by all European Hospitals. UEHP is in constant contact with its member hospitals and national federations to share best practices and relevant solutions. Engaged in the front line, our hospitals provide protection and treatment for COVID-19 patients, in close coordination with all medical actors. It is an encouraging example of engagement and cooperation which should be followed.
UEHP wants to express its profound gratitude to the workforce and the management of all European Private Hospitals for their full implication and extraordinary response.

Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP