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“Disgusted by the system”, these caregivers who leave the hospital in the middle of the second wave

Written by Steven mark
A caregiver enters the Covid-19 unit at the Loire private hospital in Saint-Etienne on November 6.

It’s only the last straw, but it’s not the underlying reason. At the beginning of November, in the midst of the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, Thomas Laurent left hospital. The decision, this Lyon nurse at the Hospices Civils de Lyon, graduated since 2010, was taken during the summer, after the first wave, which he experienced at the Edouard-Herriot hospital.

It is over, the 35-year-old is embarking on a new path: it will be a bookseller, with a training he is due to join in January. He hopes to do a few more nursing shifts by then. If the caregiver lifts the veils – by making himself available – it is because he does not “Support more” to work in understaffed situations.

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“It’s not the Covid per se, he explains, it is the lack of response behind: we said to ourselves that the Covid crisis had raised the issues that we have been raising for years to the skies, but there we no longer have any hope of immediate improvement , we don’t want to die at work, it’s not worth it. “ He has worked in recent months in post-emergency, then in geriatrics. “This summer, every other day, we were understaffed, it was a doctor who was missing on such and such a day, a nursing assistant, a nurse … We can see that we cannot work properly, we only do limit breakage. “

According to certain indicators, this “flight” of caregivers from the public hospital appears limited – a survey by the French Hospital Federation (FHF), conducted among 300 establishments at the end of September, and made public on 10 November, identified some 12,200 departures (resignations, retirements, end of contract) of nurses and nursing assistants, i.e. a “Slight increase”, she assessed. These departures are nonetheless, according to union representatives or certain doctors, a phenomenon which continues, if not worsens.

First is the “Disappointment of the post-Ségur” as Thomas Laurent tells us, this plan for the 8 billion euro hospital announced after the health crisis in July by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. “We understand that he was not really planning to put people back in the hospital. “ The caregiver is more convinced than ever, in view of the 2021 budget, which “Still talks about a return to balance and savings”, he said. Nevertheless, the nurse intends to remain mobilized in the collective to which he belongs, the Inter-hospital Collective, by switching to the “user” side: “Me, I am ecœurea, but without the public hospital, there is no future. “

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