the government launches an “immediate action plan” and releases 150 million euros

published on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 12:12 p.m.

Hospitalizations of children in unsuitable places, distant transfers, reports of scheduled surgical interventions, or even premature discharge from hospital… The caregivers have sounded the alarm.

In the wake of the alert caused by thousands of pediatric caregivers, the government announced Sunday, October 23 “an immediate action plan”, including the local activation of “white plans”.

“The President of the Republic took note of this arrest and he immediately trained the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health so that an immediate action plan could be put in place”, declared Sunday on C news government spokesman Olivier Véran. On Friday, four thousand pediatric caregivers sent an open letter to Emmanuel Macron to deplore unsuitable working conditions and care, the results of “irresponsible political inaction”.

“The hospital is dealing with an epidemic of bronchiolitis (…) it comes early in the year and therefore we trigger where necessary, the famous ‘white plans’ to recall additional personnel and to have better cooperation in the territories”, he detailed. The “white plan” of measures contains organizations intended to cope with an exceptional health situation or an accumulated activity of a hospital.

Olivier Véran assured the government’s determination to “ensure that the situation improves”.

Health Minister François Braun must detail the measures of the plan at midday.

“We have an epidemic of bronchiolitis earlier than usual which arrives on a hospital out of breath and on which we must do in-depth work”, observed the Minister of Health, François Braun on BFM-TV who also announced the release of 150 million euros for all services “in tension” at the hospital.

This money must be used to “respond immediately to specific problems in certain sectors”, in particular an increase in staff, “provided that staff are found”, argued the minister. “Of course we are going to take care of all the children who happen to go to the hospital, but we must help prevent them from going to the hospital when it is not necessary”, reiterates François Braun.

In their open letter, the caregivers denounced a series of dysfunctions, ranging from hospitalizations of children in unsuitable places, to distant transfers, reports of scheduled surgical interventions, or even premature discharge from hospital… So many degradations which have led to “delays in care” and “the endangerment of children”.

According to them, the bronchiolitis epidemic is saturating already “bloodless” services, while “an ever-increasing number of paramedical and medical staff positions are vacant”. This respiratory disease which affects babies and sometimes leads them to hospital now extends to almost all of metropolitan France, apart from Corsica and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. two weeks, it resulted in “a marked increase in emergency visits” among children under two years old, followed by more and more hospitalizations than last year, underlined Thursday the director general of the Ile-de-France regional health agency (ARS), Amélie Verdier.

At the risk of saturation of hospitals: in pediatric intensive care, already 14 young patients had to be transferred outside Île-de-France, to the CHUs of Amiens and Rouen in particular. “We have strong, even very strong tensions in the pediatric services of the region”, said Amélie Verdier to theAFP, explaining that the bronchiolitis came on top of the “very significant difficulties” linked to the “vacancies”.

In their letter, caregivers also highlighted a “loss of meaning” in their profession, “consequence of bureaucratic governance and activity-based pricing, leading to global exhaustion and a massive departure of hospital staff”.

They demanded from the President of the Republic “urgent and lasting measures to promote the return of nursing staff to hospitals with our children” and asked him to “act urgently”.

Saturday morning, the government had already said it was “aware of the problem”, through the voice of the Minister Delegate for Health, Agnès Firmin Le Bodo. The minister said she was counting “on solidarity between hospitals, on solidarity with city medicine” and working on “the longer opening in the evening of medical care homes”, specifying that she was providing the government’s “support” to caregivers. . “The Ségur de la santé has made it possible to revalue the health professions, it was a catch-up, we know that we still have to work on the hospital”, she conceded.

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