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Medical interns go on strike

A quarter of France's medical interns have started protesting against poor working conditions.

The interns went on strike on 17 November in opposition to health laws proposed by Marisol Touraine, the minister of social affairs and health. The laws would give more power to regional health agencies to the detriment of universities, according to a statement published by Isni, a national union for interns, on 13 November. Interns would only be able to work 2.5 days a week outside their shifts.

Emanuel Loeb, Isni’s president, says the union has been in communication with Touraine for more than a year and believes that “if the laws are applied to the letter, medical intern training will suffer”. He adds that the proposed laws would mean that interns working extra hours would be operating outside the law, which could lead to liability if there were a problem with a patient.

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