Mandated by the Regional Health Agency to assess the supply of care in the west of the Côtes-d’Armor, the expert Bruno Rossetti recommended, for the Guingamp hospital, the closure of conventional surgery and maternity, replaced by an outpatient surgical service and a local perinatal centre. In August, the ARS finally gave itself a one-year reflection period. The time, she then explained, to “continue the dialogue and consultation. This additional work should be completed in the summer of 2023”.
“The ARS is betting on rotting”
The silence since then has not failed to worry. Three weeks ago, the health coordination of the Pays de Guingamp called for vigilance, following in the footsteps of the Sud Santé union, which also expressed reservations: “The reality is that the ARS is betting on the deterioration of the situation by taking advantage of this “respite” which is not one. She has been waiting for five years. Patiently,” she complained.
The concern rose a notch, Friday, December 2, after a meeting of the Hospital Group of Armor territory, in Saint-Brieuc, in which Claudine Guillou, first vice-president of Guingamp-Paimpol Agglomeration participated. “The ARS asks us for a consensual agreement from the elected officials of the territory for scenario 1 or 3 of the Rossetti report, otherwise there will be no discussion on a new hospital. These two scenarios mean the closure of the two services, the end of the full-service hospital, ”protests Vincent Le Meaux, president of GPA.
A lack of human resources
These closures would be due to a lack of human resources. “The threat has never been so real,” worries Vincent Le Meaux, unofficially informed of the disastrous scenario by an elected member of the establishment’s medical commission and a doctor. He then wrote to the president of the GHT so that a delegation of elected officials from GPA could be received as soon as possible. “It is urgent that we meet and that the consultation does not take place without the territories. We have concrete proposals to make. We no longer want to be dragged around and be presented with a fait accompli. It is understandable that there are national issues that lead to recruitment difficulties, but a closure due to a lack of human resources is not acceptable. We do not want this sacrificial blackmail, Guingamp is not the ugly duckling in the healthcare offer in the territory”.
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