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Hospitals: "This summer, we can have deaths"alarmed the head of the emergency department of the Georges-Pompidou hospital

While the Covid-19 epidemic continues to decline in France despite the arrival of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants, the situation is not any better in hospitals. This is what Philippe Juvin, guest of Saturday, May 28 in the morning. The situation is even alarming. Reporting “extremely serious” conditions in hospitals, the head of emergencies at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris expects a “very difficult” summer. “If nothing is done, I don’t know how we’re going to spend this summer,” he says. Lack of doctors, nurses, operating theaters closed… services no longer function properly. “We can have deaths,” he fears.

The mayor of La Garenne-Colombes took the example of the Chinon hospital, where last Thursday “there was only one emergency nurse who was not on sick leave”. For him, the French health system, which was “the best in the world”, is now outdated. The head of emergencies continued his cry of alarm by referring to “places where there will be gaps in the lists of guards”. He also spoke about the 100 or 120 emergency services, out of the 700 in the country, which have closed “totally or partially their service. It is something that we have never seen done”, testifies- he.

“poverty wages”

But that’s not all. Maternities are also in danger, according to him. “I know places where there may not be enough midwives to deliver babies this summer. So yes, I’m telling you, the situation is very serious”, says Philippe Juvin, asking that solutions are found very quickly. Especially since the delays are accumulating concerning certain pathologies such as cancers, heart disease or psychiatric illnesses.

Last big problem highlighted by Philippe Juvin: working conditions. Describing caregivers who work “in an absolutely insane way for poverty wages”, he castigates “terrible” conditions. He continues his plea: “What do you call a system where you can take weeks to be operated? And where you can take weeks to have an additional examination and where you have to go to the emergency room because you have no alternative when you don’t have a doctor in town…” In addition to the means, the main point to be implemented in the future reform, according to him, is none other than to show greater consideration towards caregivers.


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