Back to the Middle Ages in Brittany. Demonstrators, who demanded this Saturday in Quimper the return to normal of the emergency room of the hospital of Carhaix (Finistère), have taken out a catapult. In images published on social networks, protesters can be seen positioning the siege machine in front of the police.
The catapult of the Carhaisiens positioned in front of the police and the prefecture in Quimper. They chant "Carhaix, Carhaix, resistance"#sante #hopital #Finistere #Carhaix #Quimper pic.twitter.com/fHYC725u2I
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The objective of this event, which brought together between 750 and a thousand people, was to obtain a modification of the night operation of the emergency room of Carhaix, a commune of 7,300 inhabitants in central Brittany located about an hour's drive from the University Hospital of Brest.
The anger was exacerbated by the death last week of a six-month-old girl with breathing difficulties. The child could not be treated directly in the emergency room of the hospital. But according to the hospital, the death is not related to the regulation of emergencies.
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Since this summer, the emergency department has been operating with regulation in the evening and at night, between 18:30 p.m. and 8 a.m., through a prior call from patients to 15.
Sixteen elected officials, including the mayor of Carhaix Christian Troadec (DVG) were received by the prefect of Finistère, Alain Espinasse. These elected officials wanted to "recall the commitment that the State had made in August to ensure that we find a normal system," he said. "We are very disappointed," for lack of a date for a return to normal, said Christian Troadec.
A missing doctor
"The observation we know, people can not treat, what we want are solutions," added Matthieu Guillemot, of the vigilance committee Urgences Carhaix.
"We do not consider this situation as normal," assured the prefect Alain Espinasse at a press briefing. He explained that the regulation of Carhaix's emergency room at night was explained by the lack of an emergency doctor. "We are working to find a doctor," he continued, in order to return to "a return to normal as soon as possible", but without being able to commit to a specific date.
In mid-September, demonstrators had occupied for a few hours the premises of the departmental delegation of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) with the same demands.