The new Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon wants to make “access to care for all” a priority of her mandate, in particular by fighting against medical deserts, she said on Saturday during her transfer of power with Olivier Véran. , before visiting a health center in a rural area.

“My roadmap is clear, it is that of President” Emmanuel Macron who is to “ensure access to care for all”, declared Brigitte Bourguignon in front of the staff of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health in Paris.

It will be necessary “to continue our efforts for prevention, to consolidate, to adapt the healthcare system in the city, in the hospital, with the particular challenge of this fight against medical deserts”, continued the former Minister Delegate for Autonomy of the elderly.

“We will in particular have to manage this shortage of doctors, accelerated by an aging age pyramid and a change in mentalities” preferring home care rather than hospital, according to her.

Her first trip was part of this: the native of Boulogne-sur-Mer visited Saturday afternoon a multi-professional health center located in a rural area of ​​Pas-de-Calais.

Welcoming the success of this structure, opened in 2018, the Minister wished that these houses become “real places of internship, training, which can give rise to vocations” among young doctors.

“Most doctors no longer want to be isolated and want to work like you,” she said, assuring that there were “pearls and innovation” in these structures.

“The health access policy is a very territorial policy, which must be accompanied rather than decreed from the top down, built with the territories”, insisted this former social worker and elected socialist from Pas-de-Calais.

“I want to remind the Ségur de la Santé but we must go even further today to give meaning to all these professions which require a lot of effort”, said during the visit the one who will again be a candidate for the legislative elections in June in his constituency, the 6th in the department.

From Paris, the new minister had conceded that rethinking the health system “is a difficult task (…), we are emerging from a Covid crisis which has tired and tested all health professionals”, while 120 hospitals are forced to limit their activities to emergencies.

She paid tribute to her predecessor and to the “big projects” undertaken in two years despite the “testing” management of the pandemic.

For his part, Olivier Véran reminded his former minister “of the difficulties in recruiting doctors and paramedics which required that we take all the measures that had to be taken to save our hospitals”.

Appointed Minister of Relations with Parliament, Olivier Véran also welcomed the arrival of Damien Abad, a defector from the Republicans, who is taking over the new portfolio of Autonomy, Solidarity and People with Disabilities.

“You return to the primary values ​​that have marked your political career: the sense of Europe, political moderation and youth”, said Mr. Véran to the former No. 1 of LR in Parliament, who presented himself as “the new kid on the block”.

Damien Abad felt that it was necessary “to make [disability] a strength, (…) not to put up self-barriers, there are enough in life”, remaining discreet in relation to disability which he himself suffers from.

21/05/2022 16:25:15 – Gauchin-Verloingt (France) (AFP) – © 2022 AFP