Covid-19, bronchiolitis, influenza … François Braun evokes a “critical situation”

The Minister of Health, François Braun, spoke on Thursday evening of a “critical situation in the health system” due to the triple winter epidemic of Covid-19, bronchiolitis and influenza, which burdens the emergency services “to the limit”.

“Our health system is particularly under stress at the moment, with Samu, which has a 30 to 40% increase in the number of calls”, noted the Minister of Health this Thursday evening in front of journalists.

François Braun paid a night visit to the Samu de Paris, based at the Necker Hospital, before going to the Delafontaine Hospital in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), to provide government support to all the mobilized teams.”

“An extremely difficult course to pass”

The minister noted that “the preparedness is also saturated, with difficulties in admission”, pointed to a “critical situation (…) at the level of the health system”.

“Everyone is mobilizing in a kind of holy union which is remarkable”, he hailed, predicting an “even more complicated situation next week”. “We have an extremely difficult course to pass,” he noted.

Marked by a slowdown at the national level, but not in all regions, the Covid wave contributes to a context of “triple epidemic” which tests the health system.

That’s in addition to influenza, whose epidemic is sweeping across the metropolis, and bronchiolitis, which has reached record levels for more than a decade in infants despite a recent lull.

A hospital on the brink of “collapse”

A group of more than 5,000 doctors, nurses and hospital workers called on the board at a forum on Wednesday to act “quickly” in the face of a public hospital that is “cracking and soon collapsing”, according to them, unable to “mitigate the slightest” health crisis”.

François Braun promised on Thursday evening that he would begin “from the month of January the global reform of our health system, territory by territory”, at the end of the work of the National Council for Refoundation (CNR).

“I thank all the professionals and I tell them that we are mobilized and that we will turn the health system upside down to reform it”, he assured.

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