“There is a feeling of betrayal” among caregivers, according to a member of the Inter-Hôpitaux collective

“There is a feeling of betrayal” among caregivers, according to a member of the Inter-Hôpitaux collective

Three months after the Ségur de la santé, the Inter-Hôpitaux collective is still calling for more resources.

Caregivers hold a banner "together to defend our hospital and our health system" during a demonstration in Paris, February 14, 2020 (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

The Inter-Hospitals collective calls for a new day of action in defense of the hospital Thursday, October 15. These caregivers believe that the salary increases negotiated during the Ségur de la santé, three months ago, have not resolved the hospital crisis. Emmanuel Macron was arrested at Rothschild hospital during a visit on Tuesday, October 6 by demonstrators who demand more resources. “There is a feeling of betrayal” among caregivers according to Olivier Milleron, cardiologist at Bichat hospital, member of the collective, guest of franceinfo.

“We are in a very, very fragile situation”, deplores the cardiologist. “On the ground, what worries us is that the caregivers continue to leave”, he explains. “Indeed, there has been a little salary increase, which is far from the catch-up we were asking for”. He recalls that “Hospital salaries have been frozen for years”.

Depressed caregivers who flee to the private sector

Olivier Milleron declares that today there is “Nurses who say they want to become booksellers. They are completely disgusted! ”, he denounces. He regrets the growing lack of attractiveness of the public hospital: “There are people who go into the private sector because they consider the working conditions to be more attractive”. Finally, he mentions the case of caregivers whose psychological condition is deteriorating: “Some are completely depressed and are on the verge of burnout”. He recalls that this situation does not date from the health crisis: “There were already a quarter of the positions that were vacant. Long before COVID, when we mobilized with the Inter-Hospitals collective, we consider that there were approximately 800 to 1,000 nursing positions to be filled ”.

The doctor also deplores the deterioration in the quality of public service: “People can’t stand not having the means to give proper care to people who come to the public hospital”. Olivier Milleron is indignant: “The fact that we are starting again as before, and that Emmanuel Macron is telling us today that it is an organizational problem, it is a provocation!”.