Affected by a shortage of doctors, the emergency department of the Draguignan hospital center (Var) was forced to close overnight.

From this Friday, October 29, only vital emergencies will be treated between 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.

"People who may have hurt their ankles, who have made a small wound or other, they will be relocated to other neighboring establishments such as Fréjus, Brignoles or Toulon", said a doctor at France 3 Provence -Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Victims of domestic violence or pregnant women will be welcomed despite the closure.

The establishment struggles to recruit

Over-immobilized by the Covid crisis, caregivers are exhausted.

This night-time closure is temporary.

It was decided "to allow the teams to breathe and reopen in good conditions", explained to


the director of the establishment.

For several months, the hospital has experienced serious recruitment difficulties.

“Today, the team is made up of six emergency physicians, whereas to operate in good conditions, 16 are needed,” laments the director.



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