A hundred people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday to demand the limitation of the work of medical interns to 48 hours per week and to denounce their professional exhaustion, AFP noted.
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Dressed in white coats, the demonstrators set off around 2 p.m. from the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital to the Ministry of Health, at the call of the National Intersyndicale des Interns (Isni). Some wore “
48 hours strike for 48 hours per week
. Hourly count
", or signs"
48 hours interns exhausted, patients in danger!
We are on strike for 48 hours because it is the weekly limit of work in the law.
After this limit, it becomes dangerous for caregivers, which can lead to burn-out, depression.
We are also dangerous for patients.
We barely stand, impossible to make technical gestures
, "Gaétan Casanova, president of Isni, told AFP, denouncing"
"My record was 92 hours, per week
I work a lot, often a lot more than 48 hours a week. When I was in the pediatric emergency room, my record was 92 hours,
”Pauline, 28, intern in Lille, told AFP. “
During a call on a Sunday at 5 am, I was woken up after going to bed 30 minutes before. I didn't have my eyes in front of the holes. A child came in with vomiting, I thought of gastro and I didn't see the other symptoms, although he actually had acute hepatitis. It was then that I realized that I could be dangerous. It is proof that when you work for 22 hours, you are a zombie
I want the situation of medical interns to improve.
I have a daughter who committed suicide by taking medication following professional exhaustion
”, testified Laurence Marbach, who founded the Lipseim association (League for the health of students and interns in doctors) to do prevention. .
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The demonstrators also intended to denounce "
the pressure, with abusive assignments and blackmail of the chiefs in relation to the diplomas
", explained Gaétan Casanova. “
Some professors go beyond their rights by asking for anything and everything. There is a great deal of pressure,
”added Carole Decaester, whose son Laurent committed suicide at the age of 30, after ten years of studying medicine.