Amélie de Montchalin, the Minister of Transformation and the Public Service, was visiting the Saint-Julien-en-Genevois hospital this Saturday, December 25. A hospital that faces Covid-19, but also local issues such as the recruitment and remuneration of public service agents.

On Christmas Day, Amélie de Montchalin, the Minister of the Public Service was alongside the medical staff. The government wants to show its support for caregivers but also to listen to the grievances on this particular day.

This is how a woman from the nursing staff spoke to the minister about the difficulties of caring for large numbers of patients with a small staff. “We have a pretty massive influx of patients and we don’t have the staff. During the holidays, it’s all the more complicated.”

Indeed, the difficulty in recruiting staff was one of the major issues discussed with the local politicians present for the occasion.

In the meantime, in this hospital, the intensive care unit has gone from 16 to 29 beds. 25 are currently occupied, mainly by patients with Covid-19.

Vincent Delivet, the director of the hospital, explains that in addition to the patients for Covid, there are other taken in addition. “We must also ensure the management of trauma, for example, or other pathologies when ski resorts welcome people”.

Despite the reorganization of services, deprogramming of surgical intervention services, lack of nursing staff, this fifth epidemic wave resembles the previous ones. Currently, in Savoie, the incidence rate is 192 per 100,000 inhabitants, well above the alert threshold set at 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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