SOS In total, almost 20% of the approximately 620 establishments – public and private – hosting one or more emergency services are affected

Hô pital: For lack of caregivers, at least 120 emergency services are in distress

The emergency room of a hospital. (illustration) — GILE Michel/SIPA

Night closings, « load shedding » on other hospitals, access filtered by Samu… Due to the lack of caregivers, at least 120 emergency departments have been forced to limit their activity; or are preparing for it, according to a list drawn up by the association Samu-Urgences de France (SUdF).

General emergency alert. In 60 departments, covering the twelve continental regions and Mayotte, at least one service must bow to the opposition. “ difficulties » insurmountable: lack of doctors, nurses, orderlies or « downstream beds » to transfer their patients, according to the SUdF count – which does not include Corsica, the West Indies and Guyana.

On the list, 14 of the 32 largest French hospitals

In total, almost 20% of the approximately 620 establishments – public and private – hosting one or more emergency services are affected. Further sign of an unprecedented crisis, 14 of the 32 largest French hospitals (CHU and CHR) are on this list.

Of the 120 establishments surveyed, more than half have had to resolve to a closure, most often partial, of their emergencies. Sometimes at night, as at Alkirch (Haut-Rhin), Auch (Gers) or Voiron (Isère). Elsewhere, by removing mobile teams from Smur, such as at; Creil (Oise), Grenoble or Metz.

The « white plane » in some hospitals

The “ solution ” the most frequent, however, remains the « access control » by the Samu: à Bordeaux, Cherbourg (Manche) or Nevers (Nièvre), at Unless there is a life-threatening emergency, only a prior call to 15 can allow admission to the hospital. certain hours.

A dozen hospitals went to the « shedding », sending the sick to other sites, such as Châteauroux (Indre), Laval (Mayenne) or Pontivy (Morbihan). A handful even resorted to the « white plan », which makes it possible to deprogram operations and reassign personnel, including Rennes, Roubaix and Tourcoing (North). According to the admission of an emergency physician stationed in one of the hospitals listed, « the situation is catastrophic, we have never experienced such tension before even the summer period ».