About a hundred staff from the Public Mental Health Establishment (EPSM) of Flanders demonstrated Thursday in Lille to denounce the “
” of the Bailleul (North) site with the announced disappearance of 60 hospital beds due to a shortage of psychiatrists and interns.
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Under CGT or Sud Solidaires flags, the demonstrators gathered in white coats in front of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), where a delegation was received.
Several political figures were present, including regional advisers LFI Julien Poix and EELV Karima Delli, and the deputy for the North Jennifer de Temmerman (ex-LREM).
National shortage of psychiatrists
In psychiatry, 80% of our activity is ambulatory, we have about 20% of hospitalization, which is necessary: 60 beds in Bailleul, 60 in Cappelle-la-Grande, 60 in Dunkirk. The recent decision is the final closure of 30 beds in Bailleul, on November 1. It's tomorrow,
”lamented CGT secretary Laetitia Declercq to AFP. “
The remaining 30 beds must then be transferred to Armentières,
” 15 km away, she added.
The cause is a national shortage of psychiatrists, particularly in services far from metropolitan areas and university hospitals.
Here, we are missing twenty, four will leave before the end of the year,
" said Ms. Declercq, also pointing to the lack of students attracted by psychiatry, and therefore interns.
The last straw was the closure in February of one of our two lines of on-call interns, which triggered an overload of work for psychiatrists and general practitioners, and scares the doctors away
", continued the trade unionist. .
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A reform of medical studies in 2017 also resulted in "
a different distribution of interns, in favor of CHUs (...) We do not even know how many interns we will have in November,
" she said. . When they left the ARS, the union delegates were “
We just remember that they do not know
," lamented the SUD delegate Amélie Debavelaere.
The EPSM reorganization project is at this stage a possibility of changing the organization of care
", which "
" to adapt the offer in the light of changes in the medical demography of psychiatrists, as well as that of the interns “
, for its part indicated the ARS to AFP. The project
"is currently at the stage of discussions with the establishment and elected officials"
and will be worked on
"subsequently with the professionals of the establishment," added the Agency.