HOSPITAL – If Cherbourg is best known for its (low) temperatures, the city will now perhaps be known for having initiated the regulation of emergencies. It was from this city that Emmanuel Macron had initiated on May 31 a “flash mission” intended to diagnose the problems of the hospital sector and to provide solutions. A month later, Prime Minister Elisabeth Bone confirmed that the 41 measures of the report by Dr. François Braun will be offered as a “tool box” available to regional health agencies. Among them, one, inspired by the Pasteur hospital in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, consists in limiting access to emergencies to “real emergencies”. To determine them, between 3 p.m. emergency at the Cherbourg hospital, it is necessary to call the Samu. A dispatch agent then directs the caller to a doctor who himself will decide on the need for admission to the emergency room. Idea which therefore guided the Head of State in his quest for a decongested hospital. As you can see in the video at the top of the article, we therefore went to the Norman city where this regulation has existed since January 2022 to see how it works and how the measure is welcomed by the population. “People don’t come to the emergency room for nothing” “Patients don’t come to the emergency room for nothing, some of them suffer from a lack of liberal doctors likely to be able to answer their questions,” says Sylvie Meriel, nurse at the Cherbourg hospital and spokesperson for the FO union. Especially since according to the trade unionist, the regulation has only reduced emergency room admissions from 130 to 115 daily entries. Not enough to justify such a measure. Same opinion for Rémi Besselièvre, president of the Association of the uses of the public hospital of Cotentin which estimates that “that means that they are as many people as one left without care”. For him, this “flash mission” is a failure. The association he chairs had an appointment this Friday, July 1 with the mayor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and the director of the hospital Séverine Karrer who refused any interview with HuffPost. On the program of the discussion, the regulation precisely which concentrates the tensions of the ones and the others. Mayor Benoît Arrivé (PS) himself admitted that it was only a temporary solution; the real remedy being “a large-scale Marshall plan capable of supporting all players”. The liberal doctors solicited but favorable The vice president of the regional union of liberal doctors, doctor Philippe Cholet, for his part, gives a positive opinion on the measure put in place at the Pasteur hospital: “Is it shocking to say that emergencies should be taken to the emergency room? Rhinopharyngitis has nothing to do with it, for example. As for the staff mobilized in the private sector to ensure regulation, it is a question of solidarity. 4 consultations up to 25 euros when the doctor officiates with his patients. For unions and associations, however, the solicitation of liberal doctors for the regulation of emergencies will “only increase the already long appointment times for patients of city doctors”. See also on The HuffPost: These caregivers are fed up with the blah-blah in the face of the hospital crisis
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