To compensate for the lack of doctors, the departmental council of Pas-de-Calais has decided to recruit three general practitioners, reports Europe 1, Monday October 4. Objective: to try to attract new practitioners in certain areas. These new recruits will arrive in Sallaumines, near Lens, in ten days.
These doctors occupy a brand new medical practice, installed in the premises of the town hall. For Marine Derville, newly hired by the department, this choice has many advantages. “Salaried, as a young female doctor, has advantages that the liberal does not have. Whether in terms of social rights or maternity leave, we are still better supported than liberal”, explains she at the microphone of Europe 1.
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Another advantage: the presence of other doctors. “Settling alone in a medical desert is scary because we fear having precisely an overflow of patients, not being able to cope and not having a quality of life”, says Marine Derville, who will always receive less (between 4,000 and 5,000 euros) than if it had the choice of the liberal.
And it is precisely with these arguments that the department hopes to attract other doctors to the medical deserts of Pas-de-Calais. “Our former family doctors who started their day at 7 am and sometimes finished them at 10 or 11 pm is a bygone era,” says Maryse Cauwet, doctor and vice-president of the department in charge of health.
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Also in the North, initiatives to combat medical desertification are increasing. As the report The voice of the North this October 4, in Marpent for example, the municipality voted, Saturday October 2, the installation of a medical teleconsultation terminal, pending the arrival of new practitioners.
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