Public hospital: practitioners start an “indefinite strike”

Public hospital: practitioners start an “indefinite strike”

The union behind the call to strike denounces the “inequality” created by the Health Segur between new doctors and those already in place.

A nurse demonstrates to demand more resources, October 15, 2020, in Paris.  (NICOLAS PORTNOI / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

Hospital practitioners began Monday, January 11 a “Unlimited strike” to denounce “Inequality” created by the recent reform of the Ségur de la santé. The latter is accused of accelerating the careers of new doctors, to the detriment of those already in post.

Acted in July, the abolition of the first three career steps is favorable to new hires, but those who were recruited before 2020 “See themselves at a disadvantage by four years of seniority compared to their colleagues appointed this year”, denounces the National Union of hospital anesthetists-resuscitators enlarged (SNPHARE), at the initiative of this strike.

The movement, which concerns all practitioners, will be “very large”, argued the president of SNPHARE. “We don’t want to take patients hostage, so a lot of hospitals will run almost as usual”, she specifies, however. As hospital practitioners are assigned to ensure patient safety, the consequences of this strike will be limited.

“Contempt for our guardianship”

“The refusal to grant this career acceleration to invested hospital practitioners, who run a failing public hospital, is a sign of yet another contempt for our supervision”, also argued the union. The latter claims “Retroactive application” of “Seniority counting measures” and “The career acceleration of four years of seniority for all practitioners appointed before 2020”.

“The short-term consequences of this policy are a great disappointment for hospital practitioners, who risk leaving the hospital to obtain the just recognition they deserve elsewhere”, denounced the Young Doctors union.

In a letter dated January 8 addressed to hospital practitioners, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, defended an agreement, “Signed with the majority of representatives”, who “Goes well beyond the mere revaluation of emoluments” for “Take more structuring measures”.