European elections. Ian Brossat starts a tour in France of threatened maternity hospitals

The posters "I love my motherhood" are still present in the lobby of the hospital group Creil (Oise), occupied by staff, who opposes the closure of the maternity and its transfer to Senlis (1). Yesterday, the PCF flags were added. Ian Brossat, head of the PCF list for the European elections, has launched with Marie-Hélène Bourlard, second in the list, a tour of French motherhood, which will include the Sunday white maternity (Indre). What you say is greeted by Paul Cesbron, former head of maternity, now a member of the support committee: "For a year, we meet, inform the population and now we are dealing with it.It is such a scandal that we are still surprised to be able to keep this decision. it can only be victorious if it becomes national. "Even in Europe According to Ian Brossat," the problem of public services is one of the main problems "of the May poll," the absurd 3% rule, imposing measures that we march " life, damages the territories and degrades the conditions of life ".

"You can count on us to carry on this fight"

In twenty years, half of the maternity has disappeared, according to the elected Paris, which opposes a "simple idea": "End of the scrap of public services". "You can count on us to carry out this fight," he told the staff present, not far from the "Minimum numbers, maximum risks" brandished by the emergency workers on strike from January 31st. Both recall the concrete consequences of these decisions: "If there is a complication during childbirth, emergency doctors, who already suffer from years of deteriorated working conditions, are not trained," says Loïc Penna, emergency doctor who resigned in December to warn about this closure and is now a candidate in the PCF list. Jean-Pierre Bosino, mayor of Montataire, PCF, highlights the firm opposition of the eleven mayors of the Creillois basin, referring to these women who give birth by car or ambulance. Or a "dangerous woman and children" for Marie-Hélène Bourlard, even if "health should not have a price". "We would like to make us believe it is an expert debate, but Europeans are not disconnected from these issues, they have a real impact," says Ian Brossat.

Nine departures from doctors, a sign of "disgust for those who take care of them"

The maternity ward of Creme, level 3 – which certifies a neonatal resuscitation service and a specialization in monitoring pregnancies at risk – is 1,500 births per year. From the announcement of its closure, nine doctors left the hospital, testifies Paul Cesbron, who conveys the "disgust of the caregivers". A reality that the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, does not hear. Ironically, yesterday, with the Prime Minister, went to Indre-et-Loire to present the health law, presented tomorrow to the Council of Ministers. The opportunity, perhaps, to "see the disaster produced by their policies" and "draw the right conclusions by listening to people on the ground", emphasizes Ian Brossat, who refers to the "recurring" claim of yellow jackets on "equal access to fundamental rights ". "If, in the government, they want a debate (in reference to the great national debate – Ed), let it be! For its part, Alain Bruneel, PCF du Nord MP, will present a bill in a few days for a moratorium on the closures of motherhood, which would allow for "real debate".

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