A collective of caregivers published a press release accusing the president of being in “complete denial of the sinking of pediatrics” while the sector is facing a personnel crisis in the context of an epidemic of bronchiolitis.
“In the spring, will there be someone left to take care of the children?” : the organizations of doctors and associations of patients gathered within the Pediatrics Collective again protested on December 12 against the lack of response from President Emmanuel Macron to the “wrecking” of the sector.
On November 30, some 10,000 caregivers were surprised in a forum at the “deafening silence” of the Head of State in the face of the crisis in the child health system, against a backdrop of an early and virulent epidemic of bronchiolitis. They asked him to commit to five measures to stop the “leakage” of health professionals, in particular on “respect for rest times and training times” for caregivers and “better compensation” for their night work and weekend.
The “intolerable lack of response from the President of the Republic”
Nearly two weeks later, the Pediatrics Collective denounced in a press release “the intolerable lack of response from the President of the Republic to this collective letter, which we receive as a complete denial of the sinking of pediatrics, child abuse and abandonment of caregivers”.
In addition, the increase in the compensation for night hours and guards as well as the generalization of the critical care bonus announced by the Minister of Health, François Braun, have not yet been “implemented”, criticizes collective. Similarly, “no details” were provided on the distribution of the envelopes of 150 then 400 million euros earmarked for hospital services, in particular pediatrics, regrets the text.
“The lack of implementation of these measures deepens the feeling of abandonment and leads to a breach of confidence”, warns the collective. If they stress “the importance” of the foundations of pediatrics and child health announced for the spring, caregivers regret not knowing the precise date of their holding. The steering committee responsible for preparing these meetings was set up last week.
Either way, “the action can’t wait any longer. We repeat that measures and commitments must be taken urgently in order to safeguard what can still be,” writes the collective.
Since the beginning of October, bronchiolitis has generated “a significant number of admissions of infants and young children to hospital, putting great strain” on the health system, François Braun pointed out on December 9. Pediatric intensive care units are “occupied at almost full capacity”, which required 72 transfers of toddlers between regions, he said.
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