Hospitals and nursing home: The Assembly votes against the health card for visitors and patients

The National Assembly voted against Thursday’s use of the health card for non-emergency visitors or patients to health facilities and retirement homes, despite the advice from the government.

70 votes were cast in support of the LFI/LR amendments. The bill would have the health pass only for scheduled care or visitors and not for urgent care. The parliamentary shuttle should see the debate return.

LFI MP Caroline Fiat is a nursing assistant by trade. She spoke about the “last minutes” of patients and how difficult it was to ask their families for health passes (negative Covid, vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery). She promised that “we will know how to protect patients.”

“It’s necessary to protect the right of care, regardless of sanitary conditions or vaccination status,” said LR Philippe Benassaya.

“On condition of respecting barrier gestures”, the deputy to Yvelines also highlighted the “need of preservation of the right of visit” for the families, in particular to “see one more time a dying loved ones”.

The LREM rapporteur and the government were content to state their negative opinion without saying anything more. In May, a more flexible health protocol was put into effect in retirement homes. It allows room visits and hospital discharges.

The health bill will extend the availability of the health card for large shopping centers, long-distance trains, and coaches starting in August.

The deputies voted in favor of extending the pass to business seminars before the debate on the health establishments. This amendment was made by LREM Jean Francois Eliaou.

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