CHU emergency personnel start an indefinite strike

The emergency staff of the Rouen University Hospital started an indefinite strike on Monday to protest against the deterioration of their working conditions and the lack of human and material resources, we learned from concordant sources.

The management of the establishment evaluated the rate of strikers at « 24%, according to the rules of the civil service ». “We have 38 strikers listed out of 158 agents in the service. It is quite important. There is a mobilization of agents which is not negligible and should be taken seriously, ”said Bertrand Cazelles, deputy director general of the CHU, recalling that the white plan was triggered two weeks ago in the establishment.

About fifty closed beds

The notice was filed by CFDT, CGT, Sud and FO. « Monday morning, the rate of strikers is 100%, the striking agents are assigned and therefore work, this concerns about fifty agents », declared Frédéric Louis, secretary of the CFDT section of the Rouen University Hospital.

The difference with the figures provided by management is explained by the fact that the latter accounts for all staff, including non-caregivers, according to Frédéric Louis. “The Regional Health Agency must become aware of the difficulties of the public hospital. Apart from recruiting, there is not much to do, ”said the trade unionist.

According to Frédéric Louis, around fifty beds are closed throughout the CHU, due to recruitment difficulties, and around forty nursing positions are not filled. “All this leads to disorganization in the emergency room. Colleagues in the emergency room are overwhelmed by patients who are stagnant due to a lack of beds, ”he explained.

« Particularly critical situation »

« We are in a particularly critical situation », admitted Bertrand Cazelles, evoking « a very great tension on emergencies ». “We have patients who stay too long in the emergency room for lack of available downstream beds. All the levers are mobilized to try to recruit. To cope, the system of increased overtime is widely used. This allowed us to close fewer beds than expected in the first simulations, ”he added.

An emergency nurse from the CHU, who wished to remain anonymous, hopes for his part that emergency caregivers « are not called in to plug holes in other services, leading to the recruitment of temporary workers, who are less efficient, » to emergencies « .

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