The French government have today suspended 3,000 health workers who have defied a manadte requiring all medical personnel to be vaccinated against COVI|D, The Guardian reports. Announcing the move France’s health minister said that many have since agreed to be inoculated now that they had seen “the mandate was a reality”.
This of course violates the workers human rights under the Geneva Convention as well as about a million French civil and employment rights laws. The government should brace itself for another massive protest this weekend, which would mark the tenth consecutive week of protests.
The deadline for French healthcare workers to have received at least one dose of the vaccination passed on Wednesday, with Minister for Health Olivier Véran confirming on Thursday that authorities had served “some 3,000 suspensions” to unvaccinated personnel.
“There were yesterday some 3,000 suspensions which were served on the staff of health or medico-social establishments who had not yet begun a vaccination course,” Mr Véran said.
France’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the staff cannot be fired, but newspaper 20 Minutes reports that the suspensions are without pay. French unions, notorious for their militancy, are unlikely to accept this quietly.
In July this year, President Emmanuel Macron announced that from September 15th, medical staff, including nurses, ambulance workers, medical taxi drivers, firefighters, home helpers, and medical receptionists and secretaries, would have to be vaccinated by law.
The rules affected 2.7 million employees in both the public and private healthcare sectors, and speaking of the 3,000 suspensions, Mr Véran said: “I
am still cautious, but we did not have chaos and the vaccination
coverage figures in nursing homes and hospitals are much higher than
what they would have been without the vaccination mandate.” Or to put that mealy mouthed statedment in plain language, French people are only getting the clot shot because they are being forced to.
Véran also stated that there have only been “a few dozen” resignations,
saying: “Many of them decided to be vaccinated, seeing that the mandate
was a reality.” This blog's French contacts tell us this is bollocks, thousands of people have resigned from jobs in healthcare since the mandate was announced in July.
The French government’s health authority said on Tuesday that around 300,000 health workers in total are not vaccinated, suggesting that these may be the first, rather than the last, suspensions. As usual the official narrative has been exposed as a pack if lies, and doublespeak.