Respirators : the CGT speaks of the scandal of the state - The Point

Here is a communication unique to the part of the CGT : four of its unions, companies have taken the pen, Tuesday, April 28, denouncing " the scandal of State

Respirators : the CGT speaks of the scandal of the state - The Point

Here is a communication unique to the part of the CGT : four of its unions, companies have taken the pen, Tuesday, April 28, denouncing " the scandal of State of the respirators medical products by the consortium Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric and Valeo ". Their communication is a response to revelations of the Point and those of our colleagues from Radio France. In a long investigation, we explained that, on the 10 000 respirators ordered by the State, in the framework of the health crisis, current, 8 500 were inappropriate. There are models of type Osiris, which, according to the catalogue of Air Liquide, who markets these products, " fans of light transport and simple to use ", which application domains are the " emergency, transportation, wake-up postoperative ".

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In normal times, the Osiris are rather used by the ambulance, Samu in response. Technically too rough, and limited in their tuning capabilities, with a single tube for inspiration and expiration when the devices of higher categories will have two different circuits, requiring continued vigilance, since a valve can easily get clogged, the Osiris can even be deleterious for patients Covid+ patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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Securing our position

The trade unions CGT Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric and Valeo, explain to have taken language with their colleagues of the CGT-Health, before taking an official position on this subject. "As confirmed by the testimony of many doctors and personnel of the CGT-Health, these respirators are of no utility in resuscitation of hospital ", insists the CGT. The trade union organisation goes further. "And suggesting that the production of these respirators was essential and strategic, the State and its accomplices industry have deliberately organised the heist of public money which the hostages are workers, caregivers, patients and the general population. "

As we have told in our investigation, it is the end of march that the government has established this industrial partnership, with a great deal of communication. Reacting to the revelations of the Point, and Radio France, he had issued a press release, attempting a justification : "It helps secure our position, to renew and to increase the strategic stock of respirators emergency and consider tomorrow to mobilize a number of respirators for the benefit of the partners of the France international. "

current Production

according To a wholesaler of medical supplies, contacted by The Point, a respirator is a low-end cost, in normal times, 1 600 euros. A director of a hospital in the West, we stated : "If I want to get me a Osiris 3, rather intended to be a monitoring room post-interventional, it will cost me 7,000 euros. "This price includes the profit margins of Air Liquide and intermediaries, which should not be in the contract this past by the State.

" The accounts should be rendered ! The workers engaged in the production face of the epidemic, without counting their hours or their efforts, are now to be cheated. It is clear that, even in such a situation, you should never believe in the mermaids, and beautiful intentions of capitalism, which has no other project than to betray the trust of those who listen to them ", again wrote the CGT. For the time being, the production of these respirators is in progress.

Updated Date: 21 May 2020, 20:33

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