France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b

France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b
Anti-capitalists protest outside a hospital in France over proposed cuts. Photo: AFP
The French government’s bid to cut €3 billion off its bill for hospital spending will see up to 22,000 posts deleted over the next two years.

France’s plan to save billions on health spending has become a little clearer.

Health minister Marisol Touraine says over the next two years 22,000 jobs will not be filled once those in the roles retire or quit.

Many posts filled by temporary or contract workers are also likely to be cut.

The minister says the move would knock €860 million off the wage bill for hospital staff between now and 2017.

The French government also plans to reduce the number of nights patients who have had minor surgery spend in hospitals.

“The Health Ministry has an ambitious target of having 57 percent of operations performed on outpatients, compared to 43 percent today, and estimates that 15,000 admissions (after surgery) are “preventable’,”explained the magazine French magazine Challenges, which revealed details of the spending cuts.

The government also hopes to save €1.2billion through ensuring better deals from suppliers, partly by encouraging hospitals to join together and buy products as groups rather than individual institutions.

The government also hopes cuts in the costs of certain drugs and medical equipment will help it cut back on spending.

Details of the saving plans comes as hospital emergency wards in France have been stretched to limit by a flu epidemic that has seen over two million people affected.

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