More than 5,000 health professionals and around fifty caregiver organizations warned on Saturday of the “dramatic health and social consequences”, according to them, of the Immigration Actcalling on the Élysée to “withdraw this deadly law for public health”.
“We, women and men in the health, social, care and research professions, wish to place the President of the Republic (Emmanuel Macron) and his government before their immense responsibility,” they write in a column. They “solemnly” ask the Head of State “not to promulgate” the text.
Among the signatories are the general secretary of the Union of health center doctors Julie Chastang, the co-president of the Inter Urgences collective Pierre Schwob-Tellier, the representative of the French pediatric society Christèle Gras-Le Guen and the psychiatrist and national secretary of the PS Antoine Pélissolo, as well as professional organizations and associations.
Limitation of family reunification, emergency accommodation, etc.
For them, the law on immigration adopted on Tuesday by forceps by Parliament “seriously calls into question our humanist health model”. It will have consequences in particular on the health of “the most vulnerable, the children”, they assure, fearing “ an intolerable deterioration in infant mortalitywhich has already increased for ten years in France” due to “particularly social inequalities”.
This text “is contrary to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child”, they write, citing the “ limitation of family reunification », the “complication of administrative procedures necessary for unaccompanied minors » or the “limiting emergency accommodation”. They also deplore the new conditions introduced to benefit from social assistance.
“Restrictions on housing for illegal immigrants threaten to further marginalize them, forcing them to live in precarious and unsanitary conditions”, with “devastating effects on their physical and mental health”, they continue, recalling that the Lack of housing also exposes people to “the street and situations of sexual vulnerability”.
” There suspension of medical care for rejected asylum seekers and restrictions on residence permits for serious illness”, risk “increasing medical emergencies” and contributing to the spread of “infectious diseases”.
Finally, they recall that “25% of doctors working in hospitals today are qualified practitioners outside the European Union (PADHUE)” and ask themselves: “How can we humanly understand that we attract doctors to France, to the detriment of their countries of origin, while refusing to treat patients from these same countries? »