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NURSES across France are going on strike today or wearing protest black armbands to protest against unbearable working conditions that have seen five nurses commit suicide this year.

Their union, Coordination Nationale Infirmière, called the day of action with president Nathalie Depoire saying that “working conditions have deteriorated so much that the situation is no longer bearable”.

She said that continuing budget cuts had meant fewer staff and despite repeated complaints the nurses had reached the point where they felt their own lives – as well as patients’ – were in danger.

She told Franceinfo they wanted a defined number of nurses and nursing auxiliaries per bed for each speciality – with more needed in departments such as surgery than in others. “When I started in nursing we talked about humanising hospitals, today we talk about profitability, of customers not patients. We are not machines.”

Since June five nurses have committed suicide and the CNl called on hospital staff and not just nurses to wear a black armband and hold a minute’s silence for them. It is holding a day of mourning at its annual conference in Martigues, near Marseille.

Hospital doctors are also putting pressure on the health ministry with the Avenir hospitalier and Confédération des Praticiens des Hôpitaux calling for a strike on September 26.

Source : Connexion France

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