The Force Ouvrière union blasted, Monday, June 21, the closure or removal of more than 1,800 hospital beds in the first quarter, demanding that the government “breaks with a financial approach to look at the needs of the population”.
“From January 1 to March 31, 2021, in the midst of a pandemic, we managed to objectify 1,800 bed deletions or closures”, detailed the secretary general of FO-Santé, Didier Birig, during a press conference.
According to the inventory carried out by the union thanks to a consultation with all of its members, 19 beds are missing in Normandy, 40 in Brittany, 224 in Pays de la Loire … Deletions by decision politics or closures due to lack of staff, “the result is the same: the supply of care is decreasing”, argued Didier Birig.
FO calls for an immediate end to bed closures
A statement “alarming” which is not without consequences for caregivers, including “the attractiveness of professions strongly depends on working conditions”, he added. “We are asking that we reverse the political approach in matters of care and health. That we break with the essentially economic approach, which predominated until now, to look at the needs of the population”, added FO number one Yves Veyrier.
FO calls for the immediate end of bed closures, the reopening of those necessary for quality care, the creation of 15,000 jobs and “a radical change in hospital orientation”.
Asked by AFP, the Ministry of Health indicated that the Segur (of health), presented in July 2020, had provided for the possibility of opening or reopening “4.000 beds according to needs”. An envelope of “50 million euros” is made available to regional health agencies (ARS) for “finance beds during episodes of seasonal activity peaks”, we assured. “For the winter of 2020-2021 alone, 2,856 beds were opened in 249 establishments”, specified the ministry.