“Caregivers fear turning into guardians of a place separated from the world”

Tribune. After several days of bitter discussions, parliamentarians voted on July 25 for a new health security law describing the terms and conditions of the obligation to have a health pass – another name for compulsory vaccination – in order to have access to public places, including hospitals and retirement homes.

In his article 1er, parliamentarians clarified access to these health establishments: “Except in an emergency, health, social and medico-social services and establishments will not be able to accommodate people accompanying or visiting people accommodated in these services and establishments, as well as those accommodated there for scheduled care” without the presentation of the result of a virological screening examination not concluding that there is contamination by Covid-19, or of a proof of vaccination status concerning the Covid-19, or of a certificate of recovery following contamination by Covid-19.

We still have to wait for the opinion of the Constitutional Council [attendu le 5 août] for a final adoption, but caregivers are already worried at least about the modalities of application in hospitals.

Security measures

In the perspective of a fourth epidemic wave that may once again lead to saturation of hospitals, deprogramming of non-Covid patients, exhaustion of professionals, forced to be vaccinated by this same law, and whose lack does not make that grow, the government wants to move quickly to save the health system. But by wanting to secure public hospitals, admitting only “good” patients and their families, he risks calling into question the fundamental principle on which the public hospital is founded: hospitality, for all, rich and poor. , women and men, children and old people, of any culture, any religion, without differences.

If this principle has already been seriously undermined after decades of budgetary reforms responsible for a glaring inequality of access to quality care, these new security measures would risk worsening these inequalities, by de facto excluding patients who, for multiple reasons, can not bring the health passport.

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If the practical aspects have not yet been discussed (controls at the entrances to establishments by security agents for example, ejection of offenders, etc.), the caregivers are already wondering after these announcements, which were seen as so many threats to them. ethical principles they defend: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice.

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