112 emergency number should be better known

Safety campaigners are calling for a new publicity campaign on the 112 Europe-wide emergency telephone number as it is thought fewer than half the people in France know it.

29 March 2017

The number works from all phones, even mobiles and even when they have no credit. Calls are answered by pompiers, or emergency ambulance Samu, who can switch directly to police if needed. It works alongside the usual numbers of 18 for pompiers and 17 for police, but the two-digit numbers work only on landlines.

The Fédération Nationale des Sapeurs-Pompiers has said that France should look at adopting 112 as its only emergency number to speed up services.

Patients will create their own health files

New tests have started on creating a single collected health file for patients.
Called dossier médical partagé (DMP), the proposal has been around for more than a decade as ministers look for a way to combine files and patient information online where it can be available to doctors
and patients.
Assurance Maladie is leading the tests in seven departments where, in a move to guarantee patient confidentiality, patients will complete their own files with document scans, prescriptions and test results.

One-off grant helps apprentices to spend
New apprentices are being given a one-off state grant to “improve spending power” as first-year trainees are paid only 25% of the Smic minimum pay, meaning €366.65 a month.
Aimed at 210,000 under-21s with articles signed between June 2016 and May 31, 2017, aid recipients should receive a letter saying how to apply.
However, the move has left a sour taste with student unions who say a pay rise promised in last year’s embattled Loi Travail has not appeared.

Bank extends its mobile cash access
Banque Populaire customers can now withdraw money from bank cash machines using their phone, not just their bank card.
Called SM@RT’retrait, it allows customers to withdraw from €20 to €80 from one of the bank’s 4,000 ATMs.
The bank’s sister company, Caisse d’Epargne already offers this to its customers and it has been declared a success.
Users download the bank app and set up online banking and a PIN to secure operations.

Cyclists get €200 leg up for electric bike
A two-year offer sees cyclists given €200 by the state to buy an electric bicycle in a bid to cut car use. The cash can be used beside aid of up to €500 offered by local councils, although the local aid is set at a percentage of purchase price.

Offer aims to help poor cut heating bills
Five million poor households could get a maximum €1,300 grant to pay for work to boost energy efficiency in their homes and fit equipment such as a new boiler. Energy suppliers have details of the grants, part of the certificats d’économies d’énergie scheme.

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