Olivier Véran questions the figure of 20% of closed beds in hospitals


It is a number he wants to “twist his neck” on. The Minister of Health returned this Wednesday, September 27 to these 20% of closed beds in hospitals, cited by the Scientific Council in its opinion of October 5. “The figure of 20%, I would tend, like that, to dispute it”, he said during a hearing at the National Assembly.

Making part of her “Astonishment” Faced with such a figure, he indicated that he had contacted the central administrations “In order to know what reality it corresponds to”, asking “To have as exhaustive a study as possible on the state of closure” beds in hospitals.

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Earlier today, government spokesperson Gabriel Attal had already stressed during a press point that this figure put forward by the Scientific Council “Is the result of a survey relating to the situation of some hospitals at the AP-HP”. He clarified that a ” investigation “ wider was underway, conducted “With all health establishments to objectify the situation”.

Olivier Véran opposes a partial figure of 5%

In its opinion of 5 October, the scientific council stated“A significant percentage of closed beds estimated at around 20%” despite a “Already significant and increasing use of overtime and temporary work”.

These collected data “With the major hospital structures of the country in the largest French regions” also highlight “A large number of vacant jobs with in particular five professions in tension” : nurses, operating room nurses, nurse anesthetists, radiology technicians and physiotherapists.

“We are witnessing the collapse of the public hospital”

“For the moment, the only figure I have is on a very fragmented sample of 16 CHUs – with all the biases that we can recognize, it is 5% of medicine beds temporarily closed”, said Olivier Véran this Wednesday evening, “ far Of the 20% advanced. He assured that he would have the opportunity to express himself “In a peaceful manner” on these figures, admitting that “in the autumn period”, real difficulties could be posed on the hospital capacities because of absenteeism, departures on vacation and “Some resignations”.

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In an interview with “Liberation” and published this Wednesday, the minister had however acknowledged that “The situation is complicated” in hospitals, evoking “An increase of nearly a third of vacant positions among paramedics compared to fall 2019”.



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