Yasmina Kattou // Photo credit: Pixabay 6:17 a.m., January 30, 2024

Gabriel Attal's general policy speech is eagerly awaited in the agricultural world, but also in the health world. Expectations are very high in this sector, which has been in crisis for several years. Caregivers hope that health, the second concern of the French, can return to the heart of politics. 

It is today that the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, makes his general policy speech to the National Assembly. This speech is eagerly awaited by the entire political class, the agricultural world, but also the world of health, which has been in crisis for several years. Expectations are high even though no delegate minister or secretary of state has been appointed for health. 

“We need to refocus on emergency management”

The healthcare system is failing everywhere, in the city and in hospitals. Caregivers are calling for health, the second concern of the French, to return to the center of the government's attention. The caregivers, for their part, just want to be able to provide care. For Professor Louis Soulat, vice-president of the Samu Urgence de France union, the most urgent thing is to refocus on the heart of the profession. 

“We would like to talk about the problem of the lack of hospital beds for patients who are admitted to the emergency room.” According to him, in Rennes, every morning, there are between 30 and 40 patients waiting on stretchers for more than 12 hours, due to lack of beds. “We need to be able to refocus on our core business, that is to say, on emergency management. And perhaps we will be able to keep our caregivers, reopen beds that are closed , not for lack of funding, but for lack of human resources.” 


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Free up medical time to treat more 

Doctor Raphaël Dachicourt, president of the Autonomous Grouping of young established and replacement general practitioners, sees in the training of future doctors another very important area on which he awaits answers: "The first thing is to invest in the training to be able to train more doctors, to cope with the increase in health needs. Another measure that could help general practitioners would be to free up medical time.

"We have a lot of consultations which simply consist of issuing a certificate or sick leave without there really being a need for care, because there is an administrative requirement. It's wasted medical time that the we could allocate to taking care of the population.”