Gérard Larcher was the guest of Franceinfo, Tuesday May 19. He returned to the organization of the second round of municipal elections, the Senate committee of inquiry on the management of the coronavirus crisis, and the necessary reorganization of the hospital.
Second round of municipal elections: it is “important” that it can be held
Speaker LR of the Senate felt it was “important” that the second round of the municipal ballot take place, according to the opinion of the scientific council, which said it was favorable to its holding Wednesday. Gérard Larcher also insisted on the need to be “attentive to prevention, to barrier actions”. For him, “it’s up to the executive to decide”. The government has also indicated that it wants to a second opinion from the scientific council within 15 days, in order to assess the health situation before the organization of the second round.
“This precautionary measure” East “wise”, greeted Gérard Larcher. “We will see around June 2 whether the sanitary conditions allow the electoral process to be held, which is a democratic process from which no one should be excluded”, said the President of the Senate. He didn’t say to himself “hostile to a debate” on this issue but did not wish to “second vote” parliamentarians “because they have already voted” March 23. For him, this vote “had everything planned: report before May 23, cabinet meeting no later than May 27 and executive decision”. And “Democracy is not the stuttering of the vote.”
The President of the Senate had pleaded for the maintenance of the first round of municipal elections on March 15. “It’s not about regretting”, he estimated. He expressed himself in terms of “information that [lui] were [données]” at the time. “I had the information that the President of the Republic transmitted to me, it is the executive who has the reports of the scientific council”, said Gérard Larcher. “We had a recent report that said it had no impact on the broader macro-epidemic”, did he qualify.
Health crisis: the commission of inquiry of the Senate will start its work “probably at the end of June”
“We are going to ask everyone questions, nWe will investigate and we will make proposals “, promised Gérard Larcher. He said the commission of inquiry should start “probably at the end of June” and “is going to have six months to work, she will do it calmly and getting to the bottom of things, because that is the mark of the Senate. ” “Parliament is fully in its role when it controls and organizes this commission of inquiry”, added the President of the Senate.
“It was first necessary to deal with the urgency of the crisis”, said Gérard Larcher, “It was then important to analyze what had worked and malfunctioned, but also to draw up perspectives for the future, notably concerning sovereignty in matters of equipment and medicines.”
In addition, while 63 complaints were filed against members of the government for their management of the health crisis of Covid-19, the president of the Senate estimated that “these steps are the rights of citizens” But “I think that we have the risk of the judicialization of our society and that this risk of judicialization, in a way, can lead to the paralysis of public decision”.
Organization of working time at the hospital: “We have never recovered from the 35 hours”
“We need more than ever a Europe which reaffirms a certain number of principles, including sovereignty, which does not exclude voluntarist national health policies, this is why the question of the reorganization of the health system in France is essential “said Gérard The Archer.
For him, during the implementation of the 35 hours, “we have not recruited enough staff, we have played on a reduction in financial means and above all, we have not reorganized our health system”.
The President of the Senate also called for a “revaluation of a certain number of wages”. “Having the lowest paid or among the lowest paid nurses or nursing assistants in Europe is unbearable”, he regretted. He also mentioned the situation of personnel of Ehpad, “who, during this crisis, have been deprived for a very long time and on which we will have to provide answers”.
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