Worried government for health system faced with triple winter epidemic

The Minister of Health, François Braun, spoke on Thursday evening a “critical” situation because of the combination of epidemics of COVID-19, bronchiolitis and flu, which weighs on emergency services “saturated “.

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Visit to caregivers, the Minister of Health, François Braun, did not hide his fears on Thursday, December 22, concerning the French health system faced with a triple winter epidemic of Covid-19, bronchiolite and flu.

“Our health system is particularly in tension at the moment, with the SAMUs which have an increase of 30 % to 40 % of the number of calls,” noted the minister before journalists.

François Braun made a night visit to the Paris Samu, based at Necker Hospital (AP-HP), before going to Delafontaine hospital in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), in order to ” ‘Provide government support to all mobilized teams “. Noting that “the emergency services are also saturated, with hospital difficulties”, the Minister pointed out a “situation (…) Critical at the level of the health system”.

“Everyone is mobilizing in a kind of sacred union which is remarkable”, he greeted, by predicting an “even more complicated situation next week”. “We have an extremely difficult course to pass,” he noted.

“reform” the health system

Simpted in slowdown at the national level but not in all regions, the COVID-19 wave comes to contribute to a context of “triple epidemic” which tests the health system. It is in fact added to the flu, which extends over the entire metropolis, and to bronchiolitis, which has reached record levels for more than ten years in infants despite recent lull.

A collective of more than 5,000 doctors, caregivers and hospital agents called, on Wednesday, the executive to act of “emergency” against a public hospital “in the process of cracking and soon to collapse”, Unable according to them “to amortize the slightest health crisis”.

François Braun promised, Thursday evening, that he would begin “from January the overall reform of our health system, territory by territory”, after the work of the National Refoundation Council. “I thank all of the professionals and I tell them that we are mobilized, and that we will take the health system to reform it,” he said.

/Media reports cited above.