Caregivers want more than bonuses and medals

The announcement in the Council of Ministers last Wednesday of a medal for “commitment” and a tribute on July 14 was more annoying than convinced.

By Marie-Cécile Renault
The President of the Republic had promised on March 18 during his speech marking the start of confinement, that
The President of the Republic had promised on March 18 during his speech marking the start of confinement, that “
the day after will not be a return to the day before “.
GEORGES GOBET / AFP

More than medals, caregivers expect real financial recognition for their commitment during the coronavirus crisis, and above all an in-depth overhaul of the hospital system. The pressure on the executive is all the stronger as the epidemic has exacerbated a deep pre-existing discomfort in the public hospital, where staff have been on strike for over a year demanding more beds, more staff and a revaluation of remuneration.

“No bonus, no medal, no military parade, no RTT offered by charity. We want a salary to live decently, to stay close to workHammered a caregiver from Saint-Louis hospital, member of the inter-hospital committee (CIH), spearheading the mobilization. “We do not want medals, RTT from other employees, holiday vouchers and other proposals that are as contemptuous as they are outrageous! ”, confirms another at the Grenoble University Hospital.

Annoyance

Suffice to say that the announcement in the Council of Ministers last Wednesday of a

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