From Strasbourg to Bordeaux via Marseille, caregivers from several hospitals observed a minute of silence on Friday January 7 to warn about "
the announced death of the public hospital
", denouncing their working conditions and the lack of resources.
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At 2:00 p.m., at the entrance to Strasbourg's New Civil Hospital (NHC), around 300 people in white coats gathered in the cold to remain motionless for the third time, staring darkly, for a minute.
We are here today because we want to continue to treat our patients despite exhaustion, despite the closure of the beds, despite the budget restrictions, (...) but we are no longer able
to" declared beforehand, to the micro, Dr Sébastien Harscoat, emergency doctor and Samu Strasbourg.
The public hospital is dying.
(....) His head and his body let go, he will simply disappear
, ”he added.
"What we see here would have happened, Covid or not"
This gathering in the form of a minute of silence without any banner was followed for the first time on December 10 at the University Hospitals of Strasbourg, the day of a visit by Prime Minister Jean Castex. It was then returned to other Alsatian hospitals and was to take place on Friday in about fifteen towns in France, according to a list enumerated by Dr Harscoat. In Bordeaux, around 90 caregivers gathered at the beginning of the afternoon in front of a building of the Pellegrin hospital.
Everywhere in France, we have passed the milestone of the moment when we treat people less well, or even when they no longer treat them
", denounced Dr. Pierre Catoire, doctor in the emergency room. "
We sometimes exceed the twenty patients who are in the corridors waiting for a doctor to reach them to at least know if they are in serious condition or not
," he added. According to him, if the situation is worsened by the Covid-19 epidemic, it only “
shows (r) the consequences of the choices made for 20 years
What we see here would have happened, Covid or not.
In Marseille, a dozen caregivers also observed this minute of silence in front of the Timone hospital.
It's a programmed death of the public hospital, we are doing everything to sink us, we are not given the means to work
", denounced to AFP Aline Tranvouez, nursing assistant in endocrinology and referent of the mobilization for Marseille.
A new minute of silence for caregivers in public hospitals is scheduled again next Friday at 2:00 p.m.