Hospital workers were carrying on their industrial action with another major strike in Paris on Thursday. They are demanding more resources and manpower while the government is fine-tuning a long-awaited financial support plan.
Demonstrations and marches also took place in Montpellier, Rodez and Millau, and Toulouse.
The call for a major demonstration was launched a month ago by the new Inter-Hôpitaux collective. The striking personnel say they face low pay and a relentless pace in emergency rooms that are “saturated”.
According to the French health ministry, emergency room visits have doubled over the last 20 years, reaching nearly 21 million in 2016 (the latest year for which figures are available).
The health ministry’s figures show that from 2012 to 2016 alone, emergency room visits in public hospitals (which make up the bulk of France’s hospitals) climbed by 12 percent. Over this same period, the number of paramedic care personnel increased only by 5 percent.
Source: FRANCE 24 with AFP, Midi Libre