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ambulance attendants warn of the risk of a “break” in care – RT in French

According to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Health Mobility, 13% of paramedics are not vaccinated against Covid-19 and do not wish to be. A situation that risks impacting the Samu.

More than one in ten paramedics “would not wish to be vaccinated” against Covid-19 despite the legal obligation which will take effect on September 15, which risks causing “a break in the course of care”, declared the one of the federations of the profession at AFP.

Concerned by the vaccination obligation in the same way as the staff of hospitals, nursing homes and firefighters, the paramedics have not yet all taken the plunge. According to a survey conducted at the end of August by the National Federation of Health Mobility (FNMS), “13% of the profession would not be vaccinated and would not wish to be”. Its president, Thierry Schifano, claims to have received responses from 242 companies employing more than 6,900 people out of a total of around 60,000 in the sector.

“We risk having real difficulties, with a break in the patient care path and an increase in ambulance deficiency,” he worries. That is to say refusals of interventions on behalf of the Samu. Fearing to have to “make painful choices” between emergencies and scheduled transport, Thierry Schifano says he “sounded the alarm” to the Ministry of Health.

“We must find measures to operate in degraded mode for a short period,” he pleads. It thus proposes to allow a slightly less qualified ambulance driver (3 years of experience instead of a State diploma) to accompany the driver. A proposal so far remained unanswered, the president of the FNMS regretting that “we are waiting[e] that we are in trouble to react ”.

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