“We were used to more folichon”

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In the demonstration of caregivers, in Paris, Thursday.

In the demonstration of caregivers, in Paris, Thursday.

The staff of the Parisian hospital for children organized a “casserolade” to express their anger, on the occasion of the national mobilization of caregivers, this Thursday. But the event only mobilized a few dozen people.

“Come on I’ll get my blouse and let’s go. Did you take anything to make noise? “ It is 1 pm and Chérine Benzouid, a cardiopediatrician, is preparing to join the small group of white coats posted in front of the emergency entrance. This member of the Inter-Hôpitaux collective takes part in the “casserolade” organized at the Robert-Debré children’s hospital, in the XIXe arrondissement of Paris, as part of the general mobilization of caregivers on Thursday. But far from the frenzy of the mobilizations in June, the atmosphere is now rather gloomy. “We were used to more folichon”, cowardly amused Lyasid Mahalaine, childcare assistant, in front of the ten white coats mobilized. Of the 1,360 agents (excluding doctors) present at the hospital, only 71 declared themselves on strike. It must be said that the depression is felt among caregivers. “People are tired, assures Chérine, We have been fighting for months and we have the feeling that we have not been heard. ”

“Le Ségur was like a cold shower”

The demands are always the same: more beds, more staff and more resources. “Nothing has changed since June”, explains Chérine. For the doctor, the conclusions of the Ségur de la santé last July were a real cold shower. “We cannot put small plasters on gaping wounds», She blurted out. If the salary increase of 183 euros per month could satisfy some, not everyone could have access to it. “All the medico-social staff [assistantes sociales, éducateurs spécialisés, assistants de vie…, ndlr] was excluded from this reform, which represents around 40,000 people in France», Explains Lyasid. In addition, these sums seem insufficient to enhance and make the medical professions attractive. Proof of this is, out of the 950 nursing positions opened this summer, a document presented to the medical commission for the establishment of the Public Assistance of Hospitals in Paris (AP-HP) shows that 450 are still vacant.

On the governance side, the results are not more amazing. “The administrative cover had been lightened during the crisis, but then everything went back to normal”, says Chérine. “The caregivers are on their knees, they leave one after the other. I saw colleagues leave crying. The working conditions are such that people prefer to leave us for the private sector», Laments Philippe Tricaud, nurse anesthetist.

“A catastrophic crisis management”

1:20 p.m. In front of emergencies, the participants in the “casserolade” are barely twenty. Reinforcements are arriving in small quantities. Megaphone under the arm, the cardiopediatrician takes the head of the procession. The din of pans and rattles echoes in the corridors of the hospital under the intimidated gaze of the children. “We are here, we are here!” Slogans don’t catch on, no one really has the heart to sing. Stéphane Dauger, head of the pediatric intensive care unit struggles to hide his anger: “The management of the crisis is completely catastrophic, the coming wave could have been avoided and it was largely predictable.” Not to mention the Covid, the doctor warns about the consequences to come for many adults and sick children: “They are going to wipe the plasters from this crisis, with late diagnoses and treatments stopped. There are going to be significant health consequences in the months and years to come. ” Protesters point out that during the first wave of Covid in the spring, 18 pediatric resuscitation beds at Robert Debré hospital were used to take care of adults.

1:45 p.m. White coats disperse quickly. A small group of less than ten people decided to join the demonstration on Boulevard des Invalides, but the energy was not there.

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