Thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel are demonstrating in central Paris to protest planned working-hours changes they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care.

Technicians in white lab coats and nurses wearing green scrubs gathered in the street outside the headquarters of Paris' regional hospital authority, which oversees 95,000 employees and 38 hospitals. Banners with slogans like "Taking away our rights never made the economy grow" lined the roadway near the city's Renaissance-style city hall.

The reform aims to save 20 million euros ($22 million) annually by renegotiating hospital staffs' working-hours agreements. Protester Sabrina Benmesbah, a cardiac nurse at Lariboisiere hospital, said the reform would result in less time off for staff and worse care for patients.