France’s health workers receive pay rises worth £7.2bn

The French government hails the role of health workers in the nation’s fight against coronavirus with pay rises.

Health workers have been showered with love and appreciation by the general public for their efforts during this pandemic. But most of them remain underpaid and much of the hospitals lack proper funding.

In Europe, France has been one of the worst-hit countries with more than 200,000 infections and 30,000 deaths.

Now the French government has reached an agreement that will see the wages of health workers rise by €183 a month on average.

French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, hailed it as a “historic moment for our health system”. “This is first of all recognition of those who have been on the front line in the fight against this epidemic,” Mr Castex said at a signing ceremony.

“It’s also a way of catching up the delay for each and everyone – including perhaps myself – has their share of responsibility.”

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