PARIS – The group Anonymous posted a photo of a long line of French patients to make an appointment with a doctor and reported, France is facing a shortage of doctors.
France’s health care system, which the was once considered among the best in Europe and the world, is now experiencing an unprecedented crisis, particularly troubling in early summer as the number of patients increases. The shortage of doctors affects not only France’s major tourist sites, but the entire country and Europe. The pandemic has laid bare the long-standing situation of European health care systems. The heavy pressure on doctors and nurses due to Covid has accelerated the departure of health personnel. There are simply more people leaving than the number of young doctors and nurses arriving. In June, President Emmanuel Macron launched a month-long mission to try to find solutions as early as this summer. The reponsible for Macron’s “lightning mission,” Fraçois Braun, an emergency physician who was later named France’s health minister, said he was convinced that the crisis in emergency rooms was the tip of the iceberg. For emergency units to work, the entire French health care system needs a major transformation. Today, medical personnel on the front lines of the pandemic are asking for more than applause. They want the means to do their job. And it is literally a matter of life and death.