France: Ambulance workers block central Paris roads in protest over reforms

At least 100 ambulance workers used their vehicles to block roads in central Paris on Monday, to demand the suspension of a new medical transport finance reform which they say undercuts smaller ambulance companies. Ambulances were parked up in Place de la Concorde and on a nearby bridge, close to the National Assembly, with paramedics screeching sirens and blocking access to the square from Rue... Еще de Rivoli. Ambulance workers are demanding the withdrawal of artice 80 of the Social Security Finance Act, through which hospitals and clinics are able to choose their ambulance service providers via competitive bidding, and to pay for them directly. Previously, patients had the choice of preferred provider. According to the protesters, the new system would favour larger transport companies since smaller firms would not be able to compete on price.

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