The unprecedented gesture testifies to the scale of the crisis in the public hospital. Nearly 1,200 hospital doctors, including 600 heads of service and 470 heads of units, will officially announce, Tuesday, January 14, at a press conference, their resignation from their duties administration, management and representation, in the absence of negotiations with the government on the means of the public hospital.
In some establishments, the movement is massive: in Marseille, for example, about fifty heads of departments are participating in the operation. There are nineteen in Limoges, fifteen in Nantes…
In a letter to the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, and published by Release, resigning physicians share their "Deep disappointment at the inadequacy of the emergency plan" announced on November 20, 2019. According to their calculations, the additional 200 million released for 2020 by the government for the public hospital is missing 600 million euros. "It is too little, too partial, too spread out over time", they judge.
"We are aware that we cannot correct the shortcomings or mistakes of the past in two years, but there is an emergency. The deterioration in the working conditions of professionals is such that it calls into question the quality of care and threatens the safety of patients. "
This collective action comes after a long mobilization of paramedics from emergency services and two national demonstrations by hospital staff. "It’s a political gesture that says that we doctors cannot go on like this", explains André Grimaldi, of the Inter Hospitals Collective, on the initiative of the action. "This is the last battle, one of the last cartridges for the public hospital", underlines the doctor, recalling the request of the Collective for a revaluation "Significant" wages, review "Deep" funding, and hiring additional staff.
Beyond the symbol, to the extent that patient care will always be provided, what will be the impact of this action on the operation of the hospital?
"These resignations can partially seize the machine, estimates a hospital practitioner. If a department head resigns, he no longer assumes medical responsibility for his unit; legally, it is dissolved in all the practitioners of the service. It also no longer manages complaints, schedules and service tables for practitioners, and the administration no longer has a contact for the service in question. He no longer represents him in hospital proceedings. No more projects can be carried efficiently. "