No “dry closures” in hospitals, assures the Minister of Health

Asked this Monday morning about RMC, the Minister of Health François Braun assures him: “We are working with the ARS (Regional Health Agencies) and have solutions for the first three weeks of April. There is no service that will close in a dry way, thanks to the mobilization of establishments, doctors” and “territorial solidarity”.

Since Monday, hospitals can no longer pay temporary doctors beyond €1,390 gross for twenty-four hours. The government decided to enforce a cap that has existed since 2016 but had never actually been implemented. A number of interim doctors, crucial for many hospitals in small and medium cities, have assured that they will not come to work if they can no longer negotiate their rates.

“There have been abuses in the interim”

“We follow the case twice a day, the schedules (of the hospitals) are filled”, indicated the Minister of Health. “I have no doubt that many temporary workers are coming back. “In a score at the end of last week, the National Union of Hospital Replacement Physicians (SNMRH) identified 167 services “Threatened with imminent closure” in around a hundred hospitals in France.

Services threatened with closure or operational disruptions are often very sensitive services for local elected officials and the population, such as maternity wards, emergencies or operating theatres. “There have been excesses in the interim,” said François Braun on Monday. “It is a system of commodification of health that must be condemned and that is what I am fighting against. »

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