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“The situation is complicated” in hospitals, recognizes the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, who mentions “an increase of nearly a third of vacant positions among paramedics compared to the fall of 2019”, in an interview with Release this Wednesday.

“We have just carried out a probe in sixteen CHUs and indeed, if we extrapolate the data, we see an increase of nearly a third of vacant positions among paramedics compared to the fall of 2019”, details the Minister.

“A certain number of units in hospitals are forced to close temporarily, or to reduce the wing, for lack of caregivers, especially for lack of being able to recruit them”, he adds.

Olivier Véran also notes an increase in absenteeism “of a little less than one point over the same period for non-medical personnel”, as well as resignations, but “in moderate proportions”.

In addition, between 2018 and 2021, a little more than a thousand nursing students in training “resigned before the end of their studies” and “an investigation will be launched” so that we “understand the reasons”.

The Hospital Federation of France (FHF) had reported, on October 20, “an absenteeism rate of around 10%” and “2 to 5% of vacant nursing posts” within hospitals and public medico-social establishments.

20% closed beds?

And in its opinion of October 5, the Scientific Council reported “a significant percentage of closed beds, estimated at around 20%” despite “already significant and increasing use of overtime and temporary work”.

These data collected “from the major hospital structures of the country in the largest French regions” also highlight “a large number of vacant jobs, with in particular five professions in tension”: nurses, operating room nurses, nurse anesthetists, manipulators. of radiology and physiotherapists.

“The figure of 20%, I would tend, like that, to dispute it. And in any case, because I love science deeply and before speaking, I make sure not to tell anything. I asked to have the most exhaustive possible study on the state of closure, ”commented this Wednesday afternoon Olivier Véran during a hearing at the National Assembly on the finance bill for 2022.

“For the moment, the only figure I have is on a very fragmented sample of sixteen university hospitals. With all the biases that we can recognize, out of sixteen CHUs, the last data that came back to me is 5% of medicine beds temporarily closed. We would therefore be quite far from 20% of the general hospital stock ”, he added.

“I refuse fatalism”

At the end of September, a Drees study indicated that at the end of December 2020, hospitals recorded 5,700 more closed full hospital beds than at the end of December 2019.

“The situation is complicated, but I refuse fatalism,” said Olivier Véran in the interview with Liberation. He ensures that he is aware “that the most serious current problem” is “the degraded working conditions because of understaffing”.

In an attempt to see more clearly, Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday that “a survey of all health establishments to objectify the situation was launched”. “Its exploitation is in progress”, also specified the spokesperson of the government.

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