• Since Monday, access to pediatric emergencies at Nantes University Hospital has been previously regulated by the SAMU - Centre 15.
  • In question, several sick leaves of the nursing staff in the department prevent normal care of patients.
  • The CGT of the University Hospital of Nantes denounces "professional exhaustion" because of working conditions deemed "inhuman".

Be careful if you plan to go to the emergency room with your children. Since Monday and "for a few days", access to the pediatric emergencies of the CHU of Nantes is only possible on "prior regulation of the SAMU - Center 15", according to a statement from the hospital.

Consequence of a regulatory measure to compensate for a lack of "nurses and childcare assistants", and continue to ensure the care of children. In question, a wave of sick leave among the nursing staff of the pediatric service: Tuesday, there were fourteen "short-term sick leave" in this department.

Alternatives to emergencies if the child does not have severe symptoms

In response, the CGT union of the CHU de Nantes, in an open letter to the director general of the hospital, denounces a growing number of "professional exhaustions" and "deleterious and inhuman" working conditions. Directly linking the sick leave of paediatric emergency staff to the "mistreatment" of which they are victims, the CGT denounces a "non-existent social dialogue". The union demands the creation of new positions, which it considers "essential to preserve the physical and psychological health of professionals".

If the University Hospital of Nantes has not communicated on the reasons for the many sick leaves, it recalls that alternative solutions to pediatric emergencies are to be preferred if the child does not have serious symptoms. Attending physician, private pediatrician or SOS Doctors are to be contacted in priority before turning to the emergency.

  • Society
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  • Nantes
  • Pays de la Loire
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  • Emergency room