Almost 2,000 demonstrators demanded on Wednesday, October 4, in Banner-de-Bigorre, to maintain the emergency situation of the hospital in this town of 7,000 people in Haute-Pyrénées. The service experienced several day closures in September and early October and will close at night from 2021, France Bleu reported.
Many traders also closed their shops to show their attachment to this hospital service as part of the “City of the Dead” day.
“Without emergencies, all is doomed”, “Let’s Save Emergencies”, “There is no life without emergencies”or “I’m 9 years old, my life is worth more than your profits”We could read the signs posted by the demonstrators, whose numbers ranged from 1,800 to 2,000 people (according to the organizers).
“I feel proud (…) We need your mobilization”– Mayor Claude Casabat said while addressing the protesters. “Opening the Baneres emergency room can only reduce the burden on the Tarbes emergency department (twenty kilometers away) ” – explains the city councilor daily La Dépêche du Midi. “The issue of emergency situations is vital,” he continues.
The association Save the B2B for the hospital (Banères-de-Bigorre), which requested this mobilization, fears that the Tarbes-Lourdes joint hospital project will lead to the final closure of emergency services such as Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
“Tarbes and Lourdes hospitals will be replaced by one hospital in Lan, in the middle of the countryside between the two cities, even though we know that changing the hospital is a financial waste and a health fiasco! »he claims.
Source: Le Monde
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