Strained French public hospital workers protest cost cuts

Thousands of exasperated nurses, doctors and other public hospital workers are marching through Paris to demand more staff and resources after years of cost cuts

PARIS -- Thousands of exasperated nurses, doctors and other public hospital workers marched through Paris on Thursday to demand more staff and resources after years of cost cuts.

Before the day was done, the French president said an action plan would be announced next week.

President Emmanuel Macron took up the challenge, announcing during a visit to Epernay, in the Marne region, that an action plan will be presented next Wednesday that includes “more means, but not only.”

“The situation is graver than what we had analyzed,” he said.

The plan will be announced after next Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, he said. Macron stressed the need to reorganize the system, where problems have been in the making for up to 20 years.

“I hear (the protesters),” he said, adding that “I want us to be able to respond to this alarm.”