A few hundreds of healthcare workers and supporters rallied by Robert Debre Hospital in Paris on Thursday, to demand better more resources as well as better working conditions for frontline workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
To the vibrant sounds of chants and pot-banging, the hospital's medical staff joined the protesters in calling out the government over healthcare spending, stagnant wages and... Еще exhaustion. Protesters asking for French President Emmanuel Macron's resignation were also heard.
A nurse and member of the Collectif Inter-Hopitaux and Collectif Inter-urgences, Laurent, said they chose their profession with the heart and shared some of their hardships: «We took the children in our arms without being able to have skin-to-skin contact, we wiped away tears with gloves.»
«A medal and a parade for July 14th, no. A revaluation of wages, an end to the suppression of beds, an increase in the number of healthcare workers, yes. We are not soldiers,» he added.
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 on the frontline of the the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the outbreak France has registered 181,700 cases of the coronavirus and 28,135 deaths related to the virus thus far.