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Christophe Prudhomme: "The hospital is in a serious crisis and patients are potentially at risk"

2019-08-11T07:07:07.357Z

On Europe 1, the spokesman for the association of emergency doctors in France is again ringing the alarm, while the strike in the emergency department, started in mid-March, continues.


On Europe 1, the spokesperson of the association of emergency doctors in France is again ringing the alarm, while the strike in emergency services, started mid-March, continues.

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It is a strike that lasts, again and again. Since mid-March, the strike in the emergency services continues. Today, about 216 services are involved in some 640 establishments. On Europe 1, Christophe Prudhomme, spokesman for the association of emergency doctors in France, recalls the claims of health professionals.

"The 70 million euros proposed by the minister are considered alms"

Summer has not weakened the strike. And for good reason. Emergency personnel are still up against the government. "It would be nice for the government to take into account this crisis situation and agree to negotiate on the demands that are additional staff, beds and salary increases," says Christophe Prudhomme.

"The 70 million euros proposed by the minister are considered alms," he says. According to him, if we want to get the French hospital back on track, the sum must be much larger. "To get the hospital out of the crisis, which is worsening year after year, we are calling for the removal of an unfair tax - the payroll tax - which represents 4 billion euros," says the doctor, " it will be necessary for the government to understand that the purse strings must be loosened. "

"Missing 10,000 posts in emergencies, 40,000 positions in the Ehpad"

In addition to the stress and fatigue of health professionals, the spokesman denounces the situations in which patients find themselves. "We are in a serious crisis and patients are potentially at risk," he says bitterly. "There is a shortage of 10,000 positions in emergencies, 40,000 positions in the Ehpad, Christophe Prudhomme said.

Faced with a situation of blockage, despite the government measures announced in mid-June, the French hospital continues to sink a little deeper into the crisis.

Source: europe1

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