Belgian PM is shamed by 'outraged' medics as they turn their backs on her in protest of her handling of the pandemic


This is the moment Belgium's Prime Minister was shamed by 'outraged' medics as they turned their back on her in a protest over her handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Footage shows Sophie Wilmès receiving the cold reception as she made an unofficial visit to the Saint-Pierre Hospital in Marollen, Brussels on Saturday.
Nurses and doctors can be seen turning their backs one by one as the Prime Minister arrived in a Mercedes Benz.
The medical profession has been left furious after a royal decree, prepared by health minister Maggie De Block and signed into law on May 4, allowed untrained staff to work as nurses.

A video of the poignant protest shows nurses and doctors lining up in rows either side of the hospital entrance, before pivoting on the spot to turn their backs on Wilmès as her car approaches the hospital.
Wilmès, surrounded by security, can be seen leaving the car and quickly entering the building without speaking to the medics, as an aide from the car behind rushes to catch up with her. 
The silent protest, which has been widely viewed online, was made in response to the Prime Minister's handling the covid-19 pandemic and the introduction of the untrained nursing staff decree earlier this month. 
The protest was made by medics in Saint-Pierre Hospital in Marollen, Brussels, on Saturday, in response to the Prime Minister's handling of the covid-19 pandemic
Doctors and nurses from twelve hospitals in the country have written to government calling for the decree to be repealed
The protest was made by medics in Saint-Pierre Hospital in Marollen, Brussels, on Saturday, in response to the Prime Minister's handling of the covid-19 pandemic
Staff at hospital in Belgium turn their back on PM Sophie Wilmes

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Earlier this month the General Union of Belgian Nurses called the decree 'a real slap in the face', as it suggested that nurses were not highly trained and their skills were transferable, reports The Independent
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès
Doctors and nurses from twelve hospitals in the country have written to government calling for the decree to be repealed, reports The Brussels Times.   
Wilmès was reportedly making the visit to ease tensions following the decree.
Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTBF on the day of the visit Wilmès said she had wanted to share a 'message of appeasement' and did not want to see the nursing sector 'reduced to what it was before' after coronavirus has passed. 
Coronavirus has so far claimed 9,000 lives in Belgium, with 55,000 confirmed cases.
Belgium Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes received a cold reception from the medical staff at Saint Peter hospital in Brussels during her official visit to the hospital
Belgium Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes received a cold reception from the medical staff at Saint Peter hospital in Brussels during her official visit to the hospital
Medics turned their back towards the politician on her arrival. The country has reported over 9,000 Covid-19 deaths. May 16 2020
Medics turned their back towards the politician on her arrival. The country has reported over 9,000 Covid-19 deaths. May 16 2020
Workers at the hospital, who feel the decree to employee unqualified staff as nurses has undermined their efforts during the pandemic
Workers at the hospital, who feel the decree to employee unqualified staff as nurses has undermined their efforts during the pandemic
The country has the highest mortality rate in the world with 66 deaths in every 100,000 cases of the virus - in the US the death rate stands at 19 in 100,000. 
The Prime Minister went on to visit a second hospital on Saturday, where she was not met by protest, say reports. 
Belgium is expected to reopen schools, markets and other cultural activities this week after spending two-months in lockdown.   
Belgian PM is shamed by 'outraged' medics as they turn their backs on her in protest of her handling of the pandemic Belgian PM is shamed by 'outraged' medics as they turn their backs on her in protest of her handling of the pandemic Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:49 Rating: 5

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