Several meetings were held on Thursday to demand “money for the public hospital”. These demonstrations took place on the fourth day of the “Ségur de la santé”, in order to achieve the increases in wages and resources promised to caregivers in France.
In Paris, hundreds of nurses, doctors and assistants gathered in front of the Robert-Debré Hospital. Grouped around a banner “Hospitals, users, all united for health”, they called for “putting pressure” on the government to get “salary increases” and “stop bedbugs” in hospitals.
A “casserolade” (castrate concert, editor’s note) was organized as part of the “# JeDisColère” movement.
“The crisis has been going on for a long time”
“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the difficulties that public hospitals face,” but “the crisis has been going on for a long time,” said Stéphane Dauger, director of pediatric resuscitation services at Robert-Debré Hospital and a member of Collective Inter-Hospital.
“The staff is exhausted. It requires strong gestures from the government in the coming days, before real negotiations are conducted,” insisted the practitioner, who believes it is “urgent” to “get the public hospital out of this slump.”
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Several meetings were held at the same time in front of other hospitals, especially in Pitié-Salpêtrière (Paris) or Avicenne (Bobigny), where protesters held up placards “No return to abnormal” and “More staff, more beds.”
“We want to do our job in good conditions,” said Marc Paulin, a member of the White Blouses collective, who spoke with protesters, equipped with “payroll, not misery” or “put down the masks” signs. .
In the morning, a demonstration was also held at the request of the CGT in front of the headquarters of the Paris Public Assistance Hospitals (AP-HP) to “demand accounts” after the crisis in the new corona virus.
“We don’t want a big blah blah, Macron”
“After this pandemic, we, what we want, is to make a proper inventory (…). We can no longer return to the health system in France as it was a few months ago,” explained AFP Franck Moubeche, caregiver and CGT delegate.
A message forwarded by Yolande Ho A Tchung, nurse at Henri-Mondor Hospital in Créteil: “Variable hours, overtime that are not preserved, are not counted, we no longer want to. We want to be able to take a rest.”
These protests come when “Ségur de la santé” entered its fourth day on Thursday. This consultation, which aims to improve working conditions for health care providers, should lead to concrete proposals in mid-July.
“It took this damn epidemic for Macron to organize Ségur de la santé,” said Professor Laurent Thines, of the Inter-hospital Collective, present at the Besançon rally. Before we call the caregivers to “be vigilant” on the result of Ségur: “We do not want a big blah-blah, Mr. Macron”.