KIOSKParis press review
by David Anderson
From our special in France
What's ailing French nurses
Despite a healthcare system ranked among the world's best, French hospitals and clinics suffer from an already problematic nurse shortage, La Vie reports in its March 15 issue. Higher entry quotas in nursing schools and recent wage incentives have yet to land enough new graduates on the market, while many hospitals employ temporary personnel or underqualified labor to meet demands.
"At the Hôpital Saint-Louis, we've already had to close down several services because of staff shortages," says Thierry Amouroux, a nurse. Incomes have stalled in the last years, although the nursing profession has become increasingly technical and demanding.
"The job no longer attracts young people," the weekly writes. "They see particularly difficult working conditions, low wages, important responsibilities, unpredictable time schedules and a lack of recognition."
Back from Kosovo and now at the Health Ministry's helm, Bernard Kouchner said he plans to bring in graduates from abroad until new French students finish the three- to five-year track. "We have no choice, we absolutely have to respond to demand immediately," he said.
Looks like it truely is a small world afterall.