"Improve access to care through the territorial commitment of professionals". This is the objective of the "Valletoux" bill, tabled by the Horizons deputy of the same name and supported by the presidential majority.
A text proposed in order to fight against medical desertification, in particular by making participation in a permanent care mandatory for all caregivers, by prohibiting temporary work at the beginning of their career or by linking all health professionals to a territorial professional health community (CPTS).
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This proposal is far from unanimous among health professionals, including the association "Doctors for tomorrow" which calls on general practitioners to strike and close their practice this Friday, June 9. She denounced a "coup de grace from the administrative to liberal medicine" in a collective forum published in Le Monde on May 26.
According to the association, this "demagogic" text and "without any regard for the real needs of care actors" will add administrative burdens to a sector that is already drowning in procedures. This law proposed by the former president of the France Hospital Federation is considered as "a new blow to the independence and attractiveness of our profession" by the association, which recalls the "absolute need to invest massively in local medicine".
Faced with this new blow to the independence and attractiveness of our profession. We recall the absolute need to invest massively in local medicine at the risk of bringing down the behind dam that prevents the hospital from drowning.
OVER TO YOU!
All doctors... pic.twitter.com/4I7GA2O5xN
— Doctors for Tomorrow (@MedPourDemain) May 8, 2023
"Doctors for Tomorrow" also denounces the fact that caregivers will be "responsible" for the state of health of the population, the permanence and continuity of care, and the distribution of the supply of care on the territory.
"We will completely block the system"
The French Union for Free Medicine (UFML) is also calling for a strike on June 9 and warns of the danger that this law debated from June 12 in the Assembly represents. "[It] will definitively destabilize the liberal health fabric, with a risk of collapse of general medicine facilities, a multiplication of displacements by doctors at the end of their careers and a cessation of practice for active retirees. "
Contacted by Le Parisien, the president of the UFML, Jérôme Marty, regrets that doctors, "who are the real experts in care", are not listened to. "They are missing the point. We have between 20 and 50 letters of intent to de-convention a day, and it will skyrocket if the law passes. This system, they are the ones who are breaking it completely, "says the president of the union.
If he is aware that this day of mobilization will not change the system and that this law will probably pass, Jérôme Marty warns of the disaster that it would cause. "It's going to set the profession on fire like you've never had. We will have an explosion of deconventionalizations, displacements and no more young people will take general medicine. »
I will be on strike on 9/6/2023 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/7YernbiEyV
— Doc ACDanzel #Extravagant (@AlouneD) June 5, 2023
If this law is passed, "an unlimited and global movement of all France medicine, including surgeons and anaesthetists", is likely to follow.
"We will completely block the system, we will not let them endanger patients," warns Jérôme Marty. "In short, if they want to do without us, we will do without them," he concludes.