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Hospital: less than 15,000 beds in maternity hospitals at the end of 2020

2021-11-29T19:37:16.589Z

The rate of use of beds has doubled while the average length of stay has been halved. In continuous decline for years, the number of obstetric beds fell below the threshold of 15,000 at the end of 2020, distributed in 478 maternities, according to figures released Monday by the statistical service of social ministries. To discover Energy check: all you need to know about the aid scheme which concerns nearly 5.8 million households Prime Macron 2021: how does it work? Read alsoFif



In continuous decline for years, the number of obstetric beds fell below the threshold of 15,000 at the end of 2020, distributed in 478 maternities, according to figures released Monday by the statistical service of social ministries.

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French maternity hospitals had 14,803 beds as of December 31, 2020, against 15,057 a year earlier, according to data from Drees.

These 254 beds removed are only partly those of the three maternities closed last year, at the public hospital of Dinan (Côtes-d'Armor) and in private clinics of Albi (Tarn) and Narbonne (Aude) , which totaled 43 beds at the end of 2019.

A continuous decline

The reduction in obstetrics capacity is not a new phenomenon: in 2000, there were more than 20,000 beds in 742 maternities.

Their number had even peaked at over 1300 in the 1970s. Since that time, the "

bed utilization rate

" has fallen from 22 to 49 deliveries per year and the average length of stay has fallen from 8 to 4.6. days, specifies the Drees in its latest "

panorama of health establishments

".

This reduction is not specific to maternity hospitals: thousands of beds are removed each year in hospitals and clinics (-5,700 in 2020), which partly compensate for these closures by the creation of outpatient care places - without night on site.

Source: lefigaro

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