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France: 'Broken-hearted' health workers protest on St. Valentine's day

M/S Topless hospital staff, Paris
C/U Nurse with broken heart drawn on her face and roses
M/S Protesters with banner
M/S Nurse with heart drawn around her eye and roses
SOT, Christelle, Nurse in emergency department in Isere (French): "We declare our love for the hospital, our desire to continue working in the public service, we don't want privatisations."
W/S Protesters marching
W/S Protesters marching
M/S Protesters marching with banner
SOT, Mireille Stivala, General secretary of federation CGT Social Action (French): "What we need is the increase in the salaries of professionals who are poorly paid, additional staff in hospitals, because there are not enough of us to carry out our missions. Then we want to stop the closure of places and beds to be able to accommodate the entire population in good conditions, and of course within the framework of the social security financing bill, we call on the minister to increase the 'National Objective of Health Insurance Expenses (ONDAM) so that we can have the means to work."
W/S protester marching
W/S Protesters band playing music
M/S Student protesters with banners
SOT, Ali, Student nurse (French): "We would like to have more beds, more staff to be able to have optimal patient care, at the height of the reputation of the French public hospital."
M/S Satirical simulation of heart massage
M/S Protesters with banner
C/U Satirical drawing on banner
SOT, Emeline, Nursing assistant in intensive care unit (French): "What makes me angry is the lack of places, patients wait for 5 to 8 hours in the emergency room to have a bed available, so we put people in a bathroom because we don't have a free bed in a room."
W/S Protesters marching
W/S Protesters hold flares of blue smoke
M/S Protesters hold flares of white smoke
W/S Protesters marching
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Hundreds of hospital worker marched through the streets of Paris on Friday to protest over poor working conditions and a lack of funding for public hospitals.
Protesters adopted the "broken heart" as a symbol for the protest declaring their "love" for the public health system on St. Valentine's day.
"We declare our love for the hospital, our desire to continue working in the public service, we don't want privatisations," Christelle a nurse in the emergency department in Isere said.
Mireille Stivala the general secretary of federation CGT Social Action said "What we need is the increase in the salaries of professionals who are poorly paid, additional staff in hospitals, because there are not enough of us to carry out our missions."
She added, "Then we want to stop the closure of places and beds to be able to accommodate the entire population in good conditions, and of course within the framework of the social security financing bill, we call on the minister to increase the 'National Objective of Health Insurance Expenses (ONDAM) so that we can have the means to work."
The protest is part of ongoing strikes against French President Emmanuel Macron and his government's pension reform plan.