In Paris, a state-of-the-art hospital service was threatened with closure

The strength of the symbol. Hematology at the Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris (10and), is a flagship of the discipline. People come from all over the region for treatment. From the rest of Europe to training. However, it is this prestigious service, and more specifically its clinical immunopathology department, in charge of rare diseases and certain hematological cancers, that is threatened with closure and wants to alert the health team.

Staff and patients are calling for a rally in front of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) facility, anchored in the northeast of the capital, on Tuesday, April 19. The service will no longer work “very short-term”, they warn in a letter to the candidates for the presidential election. The reason: the lack of night nurses.

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From 1ah June, the table of the guards is therefore no longer registered, according to the doctors of the service. It is therefore impossible to ensure the durability and safety of care. The night team of this service, which requires a high level of technology, has been decimated since September: instead of the necessary twelve, there are still two nurses left – and one of them is leaving this summer. So there are nursing staff from the day team, all of them, who take turns at night, and at the same time there is an increasing use of temporary workers.

“In the long term, it will be difficult to change pace, physically, but also socially, says Jordan Le Solliec, 29, a nurse who has been working night shifts since January and will return to his full-time job in May. We are persevering, but we know that it won’t work in the long term, people are exhausted, they will leave… The situation is really sad, especially for the patients. »

“On the Edge of a Red Line”

There is an urgency “Recognize and appreciate the hardship of night work”write the signatories of the warning letter to the candidates, denouncing the level of mockery currently practiced with compensation of 9.63 euros gross per night. “The public authorities must provide the hospital with the means to fulfill its mission”They fight.

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“We feel that we are coming to the edge of a red line, the quality of care is deteriorating”She worries about hematologist Marion Malphettes. The Saint-Louis doctor is beginning to have to turn away patients or postpone chemotherapy, while the department, which takes in a thousand patients a year, has had just 14 beds since the summer, compared to 23 previously. “All services are affected, there are closed beds everywhere”the hematologist continues.

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