Health workers strike in France

BY BBC.COM - Jun 16, 2020 at 11:31am 100

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Doctors, nurses and carers are staging a rally outside the health ministry in Paris, and dozens of other demonstrations are planned across the country.

Unions say they’ve been delighted by the expressions of public support through the Coronavirus crisis but now they want action: specifically pay rises, a recruitment drive and more beds in hospitals.

The government of President Emmanuel Macron is actually three weeks into a major consultation on the health service, and they’ve also announced bonuses for hospital and care home staff who worked through the crisis.

But unions say Covid-19 exposed the weaknesses of the French system, and want a major boost in investment.