Announcements about the summer holidays and the reopening of cafes expected during the week

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Gathering of medical staff in front of the Robert-Debré Paris hospital, in Paris, on May 21. STÉPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

After fifteen days of deconfinement and an epidemic due to the new coronavirus which seems to be ebbing, the world of caregivers will have their eyes riveted, Monday, May 25, on the launch of “Ségur de la santé”, a vast concertation intended to improve working conditions and the remuneration of nursing staff, and the care of the sick.

The long weekend of the Ascension saw the reopening of the doors of churches and some mosques to celebrate Eid, but also those of town halls, to elect the mayors whose lists won the first round. Public health France will give the new death toll on Monday, after a final figure of 28,289 deaths for hospitals and accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) released on Friday.

  • The “Ségur de la santé” to “upgrade” the hospital

Union and collective caregivers will be brought together by videoconference. It will start at 3.30 p.m. with a message from the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and will have more than 300 participants, also representing Ehpad, medico-social establishments and city medicine.

This major concertation, named after the avenue where the Ministry of Health is located, launched by Minister Olivier Véran, should lead to the ” mid-July “. It responds to the promise of Emmanuel Macron, who spoke at the end of March “A massive investment and upgrading plan” for the hospital. Salary increases, working hours, hospital governance… everything will be discussed during this consultation.

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Even on edge before the Covid-19 epidemic broke out, doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff expected much more than applause. In front of the Robert-Debré children’s hospital in Paris on Thursday, there were several hundred to claim “Money for the public hospital!” “, after almost three months of an unprecedented health crisis. On May 15, during a surprise visit to the Salpêtrière, another major Parisian hospital, Emmanuel Macron was strongly arrested on the same subject, a nurse asking him “Blur, pèze, cool: we want money! “.

At the start of their careers, the salaries of French nurses, 1,500 euros, are among the lowest in the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Martin Hirsch, President of the AP-HP (Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris), considers the upgrade for paramedics “In the range of 15 to 20%”, in an interview with Echoes, arguing for an approach “Differentiated” according to needs and specialties.

Another key issue that will stir this concertation led by the ex-leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT) Nicole Notat: the organization of working time, a source of recurrent tensions in hospitals. Reform “Will involve calling into question certain shackles which prevent those who wish to do so from working more”, warned Mr. Véran.

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  • Details expected on summer vacation

In addition to the kick-off of this consultation, details are expected this week on the major holidays and, perhaps, on the reopening of bars and restaurants, which are waiting to receive customers again.

To ward off the threat of bankruptcy and layoffs, the government announced Sunday 3 billion euros in exemptions from social security contributions for businesses in the most affected sectors, such as catering, tourism, culture or sports. This boost will affect 500,000 companies and increase the debt, beyond 115% of gross domestic product, warned Mr. Darmanin.

On the automotive side, the sector weighed down by the coronavirus crisis, announcements from the President of the Republic are expected on Tuesday. Renault is due to unveil a 2 billion euro savings plan on May 29, while the government, a 15% shareholder, has granted a loan of 5 billion euros under strict conditions.

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  • The partial unemployment scheme will evolve in a “reasonable” manner, according to Le Maire

The Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, said on Monday on BFM-TV and RMC that the partial unemployment support system would evolve in a way ” reasonable “ and “Progressive” 1er June. “There will be an evolution of the rules” state ownership, he said. “We will be less than 100%, but, don’t worry, we will not go to 50% or 70%”, buffered the Minister, who will “Quantified proposals” in ” the next days “ with the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, adding:

“Employees, they will not lose anything; employers will have to pay a little more. “

On the other hand, for the sectors which will not resume their activity on 1er June, “All partial unemployment will be maintained”. The accumulation of partial unemployment authorization requests since 1er March reached 12.7 million, while 8.6 million employees actually benefited from the scheme in April, according to an estimate by the Ministry of Labor.

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