All unions representing private doctors are calling a strike again starting October 13, mostly on an “unlimited” basis, after having joined the Confederation of French Medical Unions (CSMF) this Monday. In particular, they demand an increase in the price of consultations.
A revaluation considered insufficient
The CSMF, one of the main unions in the sector, “calls on all private doctors, general practitioners and specialists to massively follow this indefinite strike movement and cancel their medical activity,” it wrote in a press release published this Monday.
The government must “invest to make these professions attractive,” he maintains.
After the failure of conventional negotiations with health insurance last winter, doctors still protested against an arbitration agreement that set consultation prices at 26.50 euros for general practitioners and 31.50 euros for specialists, i.e. That is, an increase of 1.50 euros.
They demand the immediate resumption of discussions and an “ambitious” re-evaluation. They charge, depending on the organization, between 30 and 50 euros for the basic consultation.
“Extreme tension” within the profession
“We warn the government about the extreme tension that exists in the profession,” warned Jean-Christophe Nogrette, deputy general secretary of the main organization of general practitioners, MG France, on September 12, which is currently calling a strike. “renewable.” The other four representative unions launched their appeal in June.
For the French Doctors’ Federation (FMF), this is a “renewable strike,” president Patricia Lefébure told AFP this Monday. But the president of Avenir Spé, Patrick Gasser, speaks of an “unlimited cessation of activities”, just like the SML or the UFML-S.
Fear of new childcare obligations
Doctors have also demonstrated against the bill by deputy Frédéric Valletoux (Horizons) aimed at “improving access to healthcare through the territorial commitment of professionals”. Many fear that this text will create new obligations for private doctors in terms of “permanent care”, that is, in particular, on-call.
Throughout the summer, they also shouted their “indignation” at a large campaign of controls on more than a thousand practitioners, considered “too prescriptive” regarding sick leave.
The inter-union unions (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFTC, CFE-CGC, Unsa, Solidaires, FSU) that led the protest against the pension reform also chose the same date of October 13 for their day of interprofessional mobilization. It calls in particular for an increase in salaries and pensions, as well as equality between women and men.
Source: BFM TV