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establishments are under strain due to lack of staff

A.Guery, CM.Denis, A.Da Silva – France 2

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Maternity closures are linked everywhere in France. In Seine-Saint-Denis, the lack of midwives worried about the months to come. Report in a level 3 maternity ward.

In Chinon (Indre-et-Loire), a maternity hospital remained closed for more than a month, due to lack of staff. Management had cut positions and sick leave was not replaced. In Nevers (Nièvre), another had closed its doors for eight days with 14 midwives on sick leave for professional exhaustion. In Limoges (Haute-Vienne), maternity has been under pressure for a year. “We’re actually running all the time”says a caregiver.

In Seine-Saint-Denis, the largest maternity of 93 level 3, lack of midwives. Here, births and 12-hour shifts follow one another, due to the lack of personnel. “We do between two and four guards a week, not counting the additional guards”, says a midwife. On average, they earn 2,200 euros net per month. In two years, the midwives went from 91 to 63 in this establishment. “We can’t do our job properly”says Chloé Ravalet, midwife.

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