Winter is coming. In the hospital of Meaux, in Seine-et-Marne, the formula has never been so relevant as in recent days. While Île-de-France has recorded temperatures close to zero in the morning in recent days, the establishment has been unable to warm patients and caregivers, reports BFM-TV Friday, December 9, 2022. In question? Heating failures that multiply and an entire part of the building that struggles to heat up because of its dilapidation.
Concretely, the thermometer displays 14°C inside the hospital. It’s hell for the patients. “In the patient rooms, it’s a horror. My mom is 82 years old, she can’t move, so imagine the coldness she can feel”, explains a woman to BFM TV.
The working conditions of nursing staff are also affected. An employee explains to BFM Paris-Île-de-France that she finds herself “forced to work with gloves, her down jacket and a fleece blanket on her legs”. The regional channel also reports the testimony of another caregiver: “In building A, there is no heating. We are contracted all day, so suddenly we have pain everywhere. We have neck pain, we have headache, we have migraines.”
These recurring heating problems are not about to be resolved. The deputy director of the hospital establishment, Anne-Laure Dardenne, thus indicates that the Meaux hospital “is a building which will be decommissioned at the end of 2024. We are in the process of rebuilding a new one on the right-of-way of the GHEF site. [Grand hôpital de l’est francilien] of Meaux”.