Lack of staff, absenteeism, closure of beds, the medical and paramedical staff of the Saint-Julien hospital, in Rouen, cracked and went on strike on Wednesday July 7, 2021.
“In just over a year, we have gone from 59 geriatric hospital beds to 20! “, becomes indignant Évelyne Bourgeois, secretary at the CGT and hospital officer in the acute geriatrics department at the Rouen hospital. Declining demand? No, lack of staff and significant absenteeism. As a result, the agents still present will be deployed on other sites, without their consent. What to stir up the anger of the paramedical staff of the geriatric pole of the hospital of Rouen. On Wednesday June 30, the unions voted for a strike for the day of Wednesday July 7 with a demonstration in front of the Saint-Julien hospital from 1 to 3 p.m.
Évelyne Bourgeois recalls the facts: “Last year, we went from two to an acute geriatric ward because the hospital was struggling to recruit a doctor.” In June 2021, faced with the difficulties in recruiting nurses and the lack of personnel on the various sites of the cluster (Saint-Julien hospital, Boucicaut hospital, Oissel hospital), the establishment medical commission (CME) and the general management decided to reduce the number of acute geriatric beds from thirty to twenty beds. “And redeploy staff to other sites. Agents from Petit-Quevilly will have to go to work in Boucicaut [à Mont-Saint-Aignan, NDLR] for example. However, the schedules are already validated, it will require a reorganization of his personal life. They will not touch the annual leave already validated but those who go on vacation do not know where they will work on their return. “
Wednesday June 30, following an information meeting with the management, the agents voted a strike. “We are not sure that at the start of the school year the number of beds will increase. Because absenteeism will continue. They do nothing to make the hospital environment attractive. ” Beyond these organizational difficulties, Evelyne Bourgeois is revolted by the lack of beds, due to recruitment problems: “We have patients in the emergency room who are sent home at night and even some who die on stretchers in the emergency room for lack of beds. The Bed Manager [qui cherchent des lits dans les services] call us several times a day! “