The Constitutional Council rejects a referendum project on the public hospital


The main objective of the project was to increase the means of hospitals, in particular “in terms of beds and caregivers”. The Sages considered that one of the articles was contrary to the Constitution.

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A shared initiative referendum project on “universal access to a quality public hospital service” was rejected Friday August 6 by the Constitutional Council because one of the articles of the law “is contrary to the Constitution”, write the Sages in a press release. Filed on July 7 by parliamentarians from left and right wishing to defend with a single voice “a common good”, the Constitutional Council had one month to pronounce on this bill supported by more than 200 deputies and senators from 11 opposition political groups.

Supported by the association “Our hospital, it’s you”, the proposed law included 11 articles aimed at “really allocate the necessary means to care”, in particular “in terms of beds and caregivers”, as well as “define the fair methods of financing the hospital” and to “democratize its governance.

ButThe Constitutional Council considered that the bill did not fulfill “the constitutional and organic conditions for the opening of the phase of the procedure known as the ‘referendum of shared initiative’ consisting in the collection of the support of the voters”. The Wise Men ruled that an article of the bill “subordinates to the assent of the National Health Conference the exercise of the regulatory power of the Prime Minister” and so is “contrary to the Constitution”.

The association regretted Friday that the project was rejected “for a technical reason, which concerns only one of the 11 articles of the bill” while the Wise Men could have rendered a decision of partial non-compliance,“as was the case for example 24 hours ago for the bill on the health pass”.

“In the light of this ‘double standard, two measures’, ‘Our hospital is you’ wonders about the reality of the possibilities offered by the Referendum procedure of shared initiative”, concluded the association in a press release, recalling that “Health news once again illustrates the urgency of the situation”.



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