Emergency strike: 92% of French support movement

92% of French and 96% of hospital staff and health professionals support the emergency strike movement according to an Odoxa survey. Discover why.

The emergency strike movement, initiated in recent months throughout France, enjoys "total, unprecedented and unconditional support in public opinion," according to a survey poll Odoxa-MNH-Le Figaro Health-France Info. 92% of French and 96% of hospital staff and health professionals support strikers.

Misuse of emergency

This support can be explained by the fact that 77% of French people and 91% of hospital and healthcare staff believe that emergency services are deteriorating. A situation attributable in part to the behavior of the French, since 3 out of 10 (29%) "admit having already gone to emergency services for 'bad' reasons, including comfort / ease and because it avoided advance fees "(1 in 10 French).
"Moreover in the barometric part of our investigation, indicates Gaël SLIMAN, co-founder and president of Odoxa,emergencies were THE solution found by more than 1 in 20 (6%) French and especially by 1 health professional out of 10 having been sick in recent months, instead of consulting their doctor ".

The suffering of hospital staff

This survey also highlights the physical and mental suffering of caregivers and hospital staff: 36% of hospital staff"have been affected by a health problem in recent months, 13 points higher than the general population and 3 points more than last year at the same time".
But they are especially in poor moral / mental health: for the first time, a majority of hospital staff - 54% vs. 46% - say they are dissatisfied with their work, when three quarters of French people feel satisfied with theirs. The greatest dissatisfaction was observed among caregivers, and particularly among nurses (56%) and nursing assistants (60%).

"Saturated stretchers, premises that are no longer suitable"

On the last day of mobilization on 11 June, 95 emergency services went on strike and rallies were held in front of several regional health agencies (ARS) and in front of the Ministry of Health in Paris.
Caregivers are calling for the closure of bed closures, a net salary increase of 300 euros and an increase in staff numbers. For them, on a daily basis, "it is saturated stretchers, (of) premises that are no longer adapted to accommodate a growing population, it is 10 am-12 pm before seeing a specialist, 6-7 h before seeing a doctor, "denounces Candice Lafarge, representative of the collective and care aide at the Saint-Antoine Hospital in Paris, on France Inter.

Usually, caregivers protest against their working conditions by going on strike, but continue to work with a simple armband bearing the mention of their claim. However, faced with a reaction from the public authorities deemed to be non-existent, the emergency personnel hardened their movement by putting themselves on sick leave, as was the case in Saint-Antoine, Lariboisière and Lons-le-Saunier.

The reaction of the Minister of Health

A mission of refounding the emergency services was entrusted to the deputy Thomas Mesnier and the president of the National Council of Urgency Hospital, Pr. Pierre Carli. They have until the fall of 2019 to submit their report to the Ministry of Health. According to a statement from the latter, the aim is threefold: first, to make an inventory of the situation, then to measure what will be the effects of the current reforms and finally, to determine what are the other steps to take.

In parallel, the minister indicated that she would mobilize the Regional Health Agencies (ARS) to carry out architectural renovation work in the emergency services to improve the reception of patients. Agnès Buzyn also said that she wanted to homogenize the risk premium in order to take into account the difficult working conditions and the possible aggressions suffered by the caregivers. The last measure concerns the cooperation premium, which will be granted to health professionals using the delegation of skills to reduce waiting times in emergencies. Measures called "vast joke" by the CGT emergencies at the origin of the movement with FO, SUD and CFE-CGC.

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