Laurent Berger during a meeting on pensions, in January 2020. -


For Laurent Berger, it is a "betrayal of the public word".

The secretary general of the CFDT estimated, this Wednesday on RTL, that the decree on the recognition of Covid-19 as an occupational disease for caregivers was "extremely restrictive".

"The decree released yesterday makes us very angry (...), it only recognizes the impacts on the respiratory system and not the other consequences" of the disease for caregivers, criticized the leader of the first French union.

Very strict conditions

In the event of a Covid-19 infection, recognition will be automatic for caregivers, hospital and city workers, and for those working with vulnerable people, at home or in nursing homes, but on one condition: they must have contracted a severe form of the disease, in other words needing oxygen therapy.

A definition decried by several associations and unions.

This recognition allows 100% coverage of medical costs but also to receive compensation in the event of temporary or permanent disability.

In the event of death, the beneficiaries may also receive an annuity.

"I believe there is a betrayal of public speaking, what the ministers said on the subject," said Laurent Berger.

A decree "far from extremely beautiful words"

"And for workers other than caregivers, they will have to demonstrate that they have indeed caught the disease at their workplace," said Laurent Berger.

"We are far from the extremely beautiful words that were said during the confinement to glorify these workers," he lamented.

On Tuesday, the FO health personnel federation deemed the decree “outrageous for all those in the services who are fully committed to patients, residents, the elderly, even though the means of individual protection were lacking, for then , in turn, be contaminated ”.


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