New demonstrations by hospital staff to “weigh” on the conclusions of Ségur de la santé

Written by Steven mark
Hospital workers take part in a demonstration in Paris to ask the government to improve wages and invest in public hospitals on June 30, 2020.

A few days before the closing of the Ségur de la santé, hospital staff demonstrated in dozens of cities on Tuesday, June 30, to obtain more than the 6.3 billion euros already put on the table by the government. After the success of their mobilization on June 16 (100,000 to 180,000 demonstrators, according to sources), the unions and hospital collectives hope to mobilize again massively caregivers and the general public, everywhere in France.

From Lorient to Nancy, from Toulon to Mont-de-Marsan, a hundred demonstrations were planned, according to the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), mainly in front of hospitals. In Paris, a procession of several thousand people left shortly after 2 p.m. from the former Val-de-Grâce military hospital (5e district), towards the Ministry of Health (7e), supervised by a large police force and a reinforced trade union service – after the excesses during the mobilization on June 16 on the Esplanade des Invalides.

Under signs with inscriptions “Heroes of yesterday, forgotten today” or “Credits for the hospital, not for capital”, Nassima Hamoroux, administrative officer in a hospital in Essonne, says that, after thirty-seven years of career, she “Earns only 1,400 euros a month, it’s unfair”. Psychiatric nurse in the same department, Louis Rios explains having “Seen the working conditions deteriorate” for a quarter of a century and says no “No longer trust the government”. “We were promised $ 6 billion, but I’m waiting to see”, he adds, asking “A strong gesture, and now not in three years”.

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Time is running out as the Health Segur is coming to an end. This vast consultation, launched on May 25 to concretize the “Massive investment and upgrading plan” promised by Emmanuel Macron, will indeed end on Friday, with a final meeting under the aegis of the former leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT) Nicole Notat. The head of state could then announce his arbitrations himself the week of July 6, in particular over the much-anticipated wage hikes.

“Very, very far from the mark”

At this stage, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has already put on the table 6 billion euros for non-medical personnel, to be divided between a general increase, a redesign of premiums and targeted increases for certain professions (nurses , caregivers, radio manipulators …).

During a demonstration by hospital staff, in Nantes, on June 30, 2020.

An extension of 300 million euros was also proposed Monday for hospital practitioners, with targeted measures at the start and end of their careers, certain bonuses and overtime, immediately rejected by medical unions citing a “Huge disillusionment”. “We were told this as a great social advance”, But “It’s a freezing shower! “, responded Jean-François Cibien, vice-president of Action Practitioners Hospital.

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For the secretary general of SUD-Santé, Jean-Marc Devauchelle, who is asking for 14 billion euros to increase by 300 euros net all pay slips in the sector, the overall envelope proposed by the executive “Is very, very far from the mark”. His counterpart of Force Ouvrière (FO), Didier Birig, instead figures the measure at 7 billion euros and considers that “The ball is in the court of the ministry”. With this caveat: “If the answer does not meet expectations, there will be consequences. “

Asked about a possible budget extension, the Minister of Finance, Bruno Le Maire, promised Tuesday that the government would ” the appointment “, but without giving a figure. “We will do what it takes for caregivers”, did he declare.

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Disappointed by previous executive plans, which have not stopped a social movement started in spring 2019, the unions denounce a gap “Between what has been said for months about the need to upgrade nursing staff and the public hospital” and “The reality of the announcements made today”.

“If we increase salaries, we should not forget the interns and young doctors, who are indecently paid, nor the differential between public and private salaries”, recalled, in a press release, the Inter-hospital Collective, while considering that the question of wages should not “Hide” the other problems.

“It is necessary to increase the paramedical or medical staff to restore bearable working conditions and guarantee the quality of care”, he insisted. A message relayed by the CGT, which regrets that “The question of recruiting staff” don’t be “Not addressed”.

The government has promised, however, to free up resources for investment, in addition to the already scheduled recovery of a third of hospital debt by Social Security. It remains to know the amount of this budget envelope.

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