Several rallies were again held Thursday in front of hospitals in order to demand "money for the public hospital", on the fourth day of the "Ségur de la santé", supposed to materialize the increases in wages and means promised for carers.
In Paris, several hundred people, including nurses, doctors and nursing assistants in white coats, gathered in front of the Robert-Debré hospital for a "casserolade" (concert of casseroles, editor's note), organized as part of the "# jediscolère" movement.
Grouped around a banner "Hospitaliers Usagers All united for health", they called for "putting pressure" on the government to obtain "salary increases" and the "stop of bed closures" in hospitals.
"The staff are exhausted. It takes strong gestures on the part of the government in the coming days, before the implementation of real negotiations," insisted the practitioner, who considers it "urgent" to "get the public hospital out of this slump ".
Several rallies took place at the same time in front of the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital (Paris), the Avicenne hospital (Bobigny), or even in Besançon, where nearly 300 people found themselves on the forecourt of the CHRU.
"We want to do our job in good conditions," said Marc Paulin, member of the "White coats" collective, who spoke before the demonstrators, equipped with "Wages, not misery" or "Down masks ".
In the morning, a demonstration was also organized at the call of the CGT in front of the headquarters of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), to "demand accounts" after the coronavirus crisis.
"After this pandemic, we, what we want is to make a real inventory (...) We can no longer return to the health system in France as it was a few months ago," explained to AFP Franck Moubeche, caregiver and CGT delegate.
A message relayed by Yolande Ho A Tchung, nurse at the Henri-Mondor hospital in Créteil: "Flexible hours, overtime that is not retained, not counted, we don't want that anymore. We want to be able to take our rest" .
These protests come as the "Ségur de la santé" entered its fourth day on Thursday. This consultation, intended to improve the working conditions of caregivers, should lead to concrete proposals in mid-July.
"It took this damn epidemic for Mr. Macron to organize the Ségur de la santé," said Professor Laurent Thines, of the Inter-hospital Collective, present at the Besançon rally. Before calling the caregivers to "be vigilant" on the results of Ségur: "We do not want a big blah-bla, Mr. Macron".
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