European Union of Private Hospitals

January 2021 – One year later

One year later

In January 2020, the first European COVID-19 patient was hospitalized. One year later the pandemic is still raging with major professional and personal implications.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides considers that we are now only midway through the crisis. Private Hospitals are fully committed to continue fighting the pandemic and limiting its dramatic consequences for the affected people.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have very considerable effects on the physical and mental well-being of people around the world. As human beings we must find physical and psychological stability. Mental health protection is indeed also a priority.
Vaccination is our new hope for a lasting way out of the pandemic, but vaccination is also a new challenge. This is a massive initiative which will require the involvement of all, private hospitals included.
The private hospital sector supports all European efforts to diffuse the vaccine for all European citizens and health professionals. All forces must converge towards the same goal: limit harm and eradicate the pandemic and its consequences.
The future of EU27 depends on a global strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has awoken the need for One Health collaboration. The One Health European concept to protect the health of all.
In hard times, our priority is to protect people, but we must also look ahead and try to contribute positively to a new paradigm of positive European solutions in sustainable healthcare.

Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP

Read the full January 2021 Newsletter here