“I live on the street, I have very bad eyes, stomach and asthmaLike many in the waiting room of the CASO (care and orientation center) of Doctors of the World in Saint-Denis, Marie*, a Cameroonian who arrived in France three months ago, combines the problems of After a first visit to the center a month earlier, she says she was received at the hospital, but “so far they haven’t called me back“, while the young woman is waiting for glasses.
More and more patients who arrive here no longer even have the possibility of being received at the hospital, denounces the MDM association. That morning, Isabelle, a volunteer nurse, received “a lady, pregnant, who is bleeding”. The young woman, without social security, had nevertheless been referred to the hospital with a prescription for an ultrasound, but “She was told to come back to Doctors of the World and she continues to bleed even though she is pregnant”.
“No longer the means to treat people in precariousness with dignity”
According to her, the hospital’s refusal is certainly due to the lack of social security coverage. “The hospital no longer has the staff, no longer has the means to treat people in precariousness with dignityregrets the volunteer.As a nurse, for me, this is unacceptable and it is multiplying.”
The CASO coordinator in Saint-Denis claims to have faced more situations of this type in recent months, due to the crisis in the public hospital, until now the last place of access to care for people in great precariousness. . “We have people who are already having difficulty going to the public hospital because they do not have health insurance, because the appointment times are getting longer and longer: one month, one month and half“Points Linda Boutaleb.
Hospital permanence dedicated to the most precarious neglected
According to her, the hotlines for access to health care (PASS) in hospitals, which are nevertheless dedicated to the most precarious and to people without social security, are increasingly saturated. “In fact, the personnel normally dedicated to the PASS are switched to emergencies, because the hospital is overdue and because the hospital is understaffed”she describes.
The lack of means of health services has consequences for all precarious populations. Until now, many maternities kept, for example, homeless women after childbirth, the time to find them accommodation. “Now, the maternities have to free up beds to accommodate other women, so after a few days they come out with their baby on the street.“explains Linda Boutaleb, who would not”never thoughtto handle such cases.
This “very worrying situation“, Doctors of the World describes it in its annual report published this Thursday on access to health care for the most deprived. It notes that at least one out of two patients, received in the 14 CASOs of the territory, has already given up However, 44.4% of them require urgent or fairly urgent care.MDM calls for increased funding for public hospitals and structures dedicated to the most precarious.