Dr. Saïd Ouichou has been practicing in his office for fifteen years. He was assaulted by two individuals while he was working.
A doctor for fifteen years in the northern districts of Marseille, Saïd Ouichou can’t take it anymore. This practitioner plans to leave his practice in October due to the “growing insecurity” which reigns in the sector, relates Le Figaro.
This trigger, he had it after having himself been a victim in his workplace. While he was with a patient in his office, two men, annoyed at having to wait their turn, pounded on the door.
When Dr. Ouichou opened the door to order them to stop, the two individuals took him to task and insulted him.
“The waiting room was full but they had to be received instantly,” he laments on BFMTV. According to the account of the witnesses reported in the Figarothe violence was only verbal, thanks to the intervention of several men who were waiting in the waiting room.
“This neighborhood has deteriorated extremely. We have tried to challenge the authorities, to make things improve, but nothing is happening. It is an abandoned neighborhood. The population is really suffering from the insecurity and unsanitary conditions. The pharmacist opposite my office suffers from the same difficulties”, explains Dr. Saïd Ouichou, interviewed on BFMTV.
Iron curtain closed to work
Around his office, near the Capitaine-Gèze metro station, regulars also tell of the insecurity in the sector. “You no longer go out with a gold chain, a recent cell phone or even a 50 euro note in your pocket. There is even racketeering but no one can talk. Because as soon as they leave the police station… You are dead,” says Hakim, a neighborhood trader at Figarowhile describing the situation of the open-air market a few steps away.
For his few remaining days, the doctor has decided to keep the iron curtain of his office closed to work. Patients must ring the bell and then wait on the sidewalk.
They can only come in if Dr Ouichou knows them. “As I was the victim of violence, I take my precautions because you never know,” he explains on BFMTV. The window of his cabinet is also degraded because a patient “kicked in”.
“So I decided to leave this neighborhood and move to a medical center further away so as not to be isolated in this difficult neighborhood anymore,” adds Dr Saïd Ouichou.
The latter will therefore leave his practice to insert a structure where there are several doctors, in order to feel more secure.