While hospitals raise alarms about their working conditions in hospitals, the neonatology units at the Metropole Savoie hospital Center (CHMS), are mobilizing and have decided to strike indefinitely starting June 15.
The goal: "To denounce their working circumstances which impact the quality care provided to newborns" and "support and recognition from the CHMS," explains the CGT union. The teams work at full speed despite having a small workforce and difficulties in recruiting, leading to overload of work.
This isn't a new situation, though. In 2021, neonatology units already regretted the closing of three ICU beds and two more recently. "The suspension of two neonatal resuscitation bed grants by the ARS (Regional Health Agency), to meet the sector's needs" is also a regrettable decision for childcare nurses. The service is extremely demanding and requires full staff. It includes a neonatal unit that can care for very premature babies, an intensive service, neonatology, and l kangaroo units. This prevents mother-child separation during care, as well as the neonatal Smur which allows for the transfer of infants to the Pays de Savoie. Therefore, caregivers are asking for additional resources to support their work with families and to increase their job market.
On Wednesday, June 15, at noon, a rally will be held in front of the CHMS emergency department.
You can find more information about the CGT CHMS union at the Facebook page "CGT Center Hospitalier Metropole Savoie".