“Nothing has changed” in the emergency services, which are “currently saturated, like every winter,” said Marc Noizet, president of the Samu-Ergences de France union, on Wednesday, observing a “form of resignation among staff caregivers”.
“The Strasbourg University Hospital was forced to deploy a health unit in front of its emergency rooms to avoid congestion and queues from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ambulances in front of its department,” he said on France Inter, while the white plan was activated in Alsace in mid-December, allowing hospital directors to cancel non-urgent operations or reorganize staff schedules.
“In Finistère, three emergency services went on strike at the beginning of December”, “in Bordeaux, we no longer have the capacity to answer at center 15” and “in Var, it is a emergency service. “out of two emergencies which now close at night”, further described the head of the Mulhouse emergency department.
“This year, once again, we have the problem of the conjunction of several epidemics”, with in particular “the flu on the rise in the eastern part of France” and “a resurgence of Covid”, he explained . “Every day in emergency departments, there are lines of patients waiting for a hospital bed to become available,” he added.
This situation can also be explained by cases which would fall under community medicine, which is also in “crisis”, underlined for his part Frédéric Valletoux, Horizons deputy (presidential majority) for Seine-et-Marne, also on France Inter.
Faced with tensions in terms of recruitment at the public hospital, the fixed compensation for work on Sundays and public holidays and night work for some hospital staff will be increased on January 1, in accordance with the government’s commitments.