France: Health workers demand more resources amid coronavirus crisis at Paris protest

Healthcare workers and supporters gathered outside Tenon Hospital in Paris, to demand more resources from the government and as well as better better salaries for its frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis, on Wednesday. To the resounding sounds of chants, nurses and doctors attacked the government over stagnant wages, exhaustion and the need for more overall healthcare spending. «What do... Еще we have [that is] of more precious, more egalitarian and more generous than the public service? It's the life! The public service is life and it needs the resources,» said one of the protesters. «We want a moratorium on the closure of beds because they keep closing beds, day after day. What will happen during the next pandemic? How many healthcare workers will we have? How many hospital beds, how many hospitals?» stated another, denouncing the reduction in hospital beds during recent years. In recent weeks, health care professionals have been engaged in a long-standing battle across France with the government in order to demand changes and measures which they say would make it easier to work and battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the outbreak France has registered over 180,900 cases of the coronavirus, leading to 28,000 deaths related to the virus thus far.

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