A bill for “Universal access to a quality public hospital service” was submitted on Wednesday July 7 by the collective Notre hospital c’est vous to the Constitutional Council in order to open a referendum of shared initiative on this text.
In total, 203 deputies and senators “From 11 political groups” gave their support to this referendum project, which is more than the 185 required to table the bill on the Bureau des Sages du Palais-Royal. The institution will then have “One month to verify the number of signatories, the object of the text and its conformity with the Constitution”.
Available on the collective’s website – including the Inter-Hospitals and Inter-Emergency healthcare groups, but also Emmaus, Médecins du Monde, the Salvation Army and Oxfam – the bill includes eleven articles aimed at “Really allocate the necessary means to care”, in particular in “Beds and caregivers”, as well as “Define the fair methods of funding the hospital” and to “Democratize its governance”.
The project must obtain 4.8 million signatures
If the Sages validate it, “The text of the law may be submitted for the approval of the French” for nine months, until May 2022, which would give the instigators of the referendum the opportunity to influence the presidential election.
The hardest part would therefore remain to come: for their text to be examined by Parliament, it would have to obtain 4.8 million signatures, those of 10% of the electorate.
To date, the only shared initiative referendum authorized by the Constitutional Council has ended in failure: in March 2020, less than 1.1 million people had opposed the privatization of Aéroports de Paris.