Keyword: A&E services

No end in sight for French hospital crisis

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The A&E service in Nice, which is one of more than 200 where paramedics are on strike. © Reuters The A&E service in Nice, which is one of more than 200 where paramedics are on strike. © Reuters

French hospitals are witnessing an unprecedented nationwide strike movement  by paramedical personnel in Accident and Emergency (A&E) services in protest over under-staffing, patient over-crowding, inadequate equipment and poor wages. Despite short-term financial measures announced by the government in June to defuse the situation, the movement has snowballed from 60 hospitals in March to more than 200 this month, when A&E doctors announced they too may now take strike action over what they called “catastrophic” working conditions. Rouguyata Sall reports on the deepening crisis and talks to members of Inter-Urgences, the collective leading the strike movement.