I would like to pay tribute to the remarkable work carried out by our healthcare staff, tirelessly mobilized at the bedside of our country hard hit by Covid-19.
Despite the lack of medical equipment, despite a number of patients greatly exceeding the reception capacities of the intensive care units, despite also endless hours of mobilization to fight a virus of which almost nothing was known, they showed a total commitment, with a most admirable professionalism, risking their lives.
When I myself was touched, I was able to appreciate how precious and reassuring the presence and attention of the nursing staff was in supporting the sick and in the healing process. We can all be proud of them, because it is thanks to their work that our Nation has held up. We must also, and above all, continue to support them.
France lacked everything
Because the health crisis we have known has above all highlighted the lack of preparation in France: lack of resources for health personnel, lack of masks, lack of intensive care beds, lack of tests, lack of investment in the medical industry and pharmaceuticals, and an ever-greater dependence on other countries to supply itself with equipment … France lacked everything, and found itself the 7th country most affected in the world by the epidemic.
However, for years our caregivers have denounced the lack of hospital resources, the saturation of the public health system, all with extremely difficult working conditions. The government has remained deaf to their demands, preferring budgetary measures and publicity stunts rather than initiating a radical reorganization of our health system, which is at the end of its rope. The caregivers are not asking for yet another plan, but that they be given the means to do their job. Now is the time to learn the lessons of this crisis and to initiate an in-depth reform of our health system. We owe it to them.