“Not all promises were acted upon”

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The staff of hospitals in France are called on strike on Thursday to demand more resources, as the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic sweeps over France. For Sophie Crozier, neurologist at Pitié-Salpêtrière and member of the inter-hospital collective, invited, the announcements of the Ségur de la santé have remained without consequences.


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The staff of hospitals in France are called on strike on Thursday to demand more resources, as the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic sweeps over France. For Sophie Crozier, neurologist at Pitié-Salpêtrière and member of the inter-hospital collective, invited, the announcements of the Ségur de la santé have remained without consequences.


The malaise continues to persist in French hospitals. Less than three months after the Ségur de la santé, and as the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic hits the country, healthcare workers are called on strike Thursday. For Sophie Crozier, neurologist at Pitié-Salpêtrière and member of the inter-hospital collective, guest of Europe 1, two facts explain the discontent: first promises that have not been kept, then an extremely precarious situation since years.

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The Ségur, a “complete failure”

“In recent months, there have been promises that have not been acted upon and in particular concerning the public hospital,” judges the practitioner. “Since November last year, Emmanuel Macron has been promising us a massive plan for the public hospital that we still have not seen happen. Unfortunately, this crisis has only revealed a situation that was already extremely precarious, on which we have been alerting for years. We have been mobilizing for over a year and a half with the Urgence collective and the Inter Hôpitaux collective. We do not do it for fun, we do it because we are in a situation where we knows that it is difficult today to take good care of patients in the hospital. ”

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Regarding the Ségur de la santé, which brought together the players in the sector around the table for several days, Sophie Crozier does not hesitate to face “complete failure”. The salary increases are not up to par, there is no democracy at all in terms of governance that is really emerging … “, lists the neurologist.” We need to improve the working conditions of health professionals. For all that, we’ve been making proposals for a while. Nothing is heard, or almost nothing. ”

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“We have to manage to make hospital staff want to do these jobs as well”

However, health professionals, excluding doctors, have benefited since September from a salary increase of up to 183 euros net per month. “The work of caregivers is difficult work,” recalls Sophie Crozier. “Today, we are in the last OECD countries in terms of resources, for example for the wages of nurses, but this is true for all the other professions with low wages in the hospital. Need a Segur to do that? We needed several weeks? We didn’t even get to catch up with the OECD average. ”

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As a result, applications are lacking to strengthen hospitals. “Do you sincerely think that with this type of announcement, the caregivers will remain the hospital staff as a whole? Do you really think that the staff are likely to stay in the hospital? Given the context And the working conditions? Will it make people want to come and do this job? ”she wonders. “We have to manage to make hospital staff want to do these jobs as well. It’s a great job, but it’s a great job if we are given the means.”

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