Stocks of "insufficient" masks, situation "strained in the hospital" before the crisis or regional health agencies "too centralized": the coronavirus epidemic has "revealed weaknesses" in France, underlines a report by the mission of Parliamentary information from the National Assembly published Wednesday.

The parliamentary information mission of the National Assembly identifies French "weaknesses" in the face of the coronavirus crisis, points out a report published on Wednesday. The report of more than 70 pages mainly relates the chronology and the response of the authorities to the crisis. But he lists on eight pages the "weaknesses" that she has revealed.

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"Insufficient strategic stocks of protective equipment, including masks" 

"This progress report" is made public when a commission of inquiry with wider powers is installed in the National Assembly, which will be chaired by Brigitte Bourguignon (LREM) and whose rapporteur will be Eric Ciotti (LR), both officially appointed on Wednesday.

This report first recalls "the insufficient strategic stocks of protective equipment, and in particular masks" and calls for a "replenishment of stocks" and a "reflection" on their logistics management. It also calls for "securing" the supply of "essential" products such as medicines.

Faults "in the culture of health prevention in France"

Presented by the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand (LREM), the report also stresses the "tense situation" in the hospital before the crisis and judges that the amounts announced in mid-November during a first "plan" emergency "for the hospital turned out to be" insufficient ". The text therefore underlines the importance of the "Ségur de la santé", this negotiation scheduled until July and supposed to materialize increases in wages and resources for caregivers.


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The epidemic also "revealed some flaws in the culture of health prevention in France and a lack of anticipation", adds the fact-finding mission. She points in particular to the public health agency France which it will "review the missions and organization". She also deplores "at the beginning of the crisis" the "insufficient monitoring" of the situation in the nursing homes.

Regional health agencies "too centralized"

As for regional health agencies, they could "sometimes be perceived as too centralized, inaccessible or out of step with the realities and expectations of the field", deplores the report, which recommends a "better coordination with the decentralized services of the State "and" greater proximity of these agencies to local elected officials and prefects ".

In presenting the report on Wednesday, Richard Ferrand welcomed a "base, a useful base", while the socialist Boris Vallaud deplored the work especially "contemplative" of the fact-finding mission.

More generally, "the health response brought at European level to the crisis has not been up to par", regrets the report, with a "lack of solidarity", "particularly with regard to Italy". At the global level, the report calls for a reflection on "the independence, responsiveness and investigative powers of WHO", in order to "change the way it works and the way it is funded".