Two federations of ambulance companies announced Monday a strike renewable from Tuesday, to demand the entry into force of a reform of their guards, negotiated for a long time but thwarted by a bill in favor of firefighters.
After the coup d'etat of the Samu Wednesday in front of the Assembly, it is the turn of the ambulance men to step up against the text on the "
valuation of the firefighters
", on which deputies and senators reached an agreement last week in mixed committee parity.
To read also Nicolas, ambulance driver: "Patients are as much afraid of having the virus as of catching it in the hospital"
This reform "
introduces major risks
", estimate in a press release the National Chamber of Ambulance Services (CNSA) and the National Federation of Medical Mobility (FNMS), which filed "
a notice of renewable strike for the day of the 12th. October
The two organizations are worried about the possibility of "
directly assigning a firefighter crew (...) while the emergency organization plans to call on paramedics as a priority
", thus offering "
" to the former, to the detriment seconds.
At the same time, they deplore a "
" in the implementation of the agreement on the organization and prices of ambulance guards, signed at the end of 2020 with the Health Insurance after more than three years of negotiations.
The Ministry of the Interior made sure to block us as long as the bill was not passed, now we are asking to implement what we have negotiated,
" the president told AFP. FNMS, Thierry Schifano.
Read also In Rwanda, drones are becoming "sky ambulances"
The strike will not take the form of a hard movement, however.
We will not be in the street, we will not block but we have warned the Samu and regional health agencies that our companies will not make urgent transport
," he said, adding that "
if the prefectures requisition us, we will obviously do our job
However, this strategy is not unanimous in the profession: the small National Federation of emergency ambulance technicians (FNTAU) has indicated that it "
does not call to join this movement
", fearing that the firefighters could "
use the absence of paramedics on the ground to point the finger at them and tarnish their image