GP assistants part of 54 healthcare reforms in France

Wide-ranging health reforms have been announced which include the creation of 400 posts for salaried doctors to help in ‘medical deserts’ – areas lacking in health facilities – and 4,000 healthcare assistant jobs to ease doctors’ workloads.

Health Minister and former hospital doctor Agnès Buzyn will also end the controversial numerus clausus, a convention which limits the number of second-year students wanting to be doctors, midwives, dentists or pharmacists.

In all, there are 54 measures attracting €400million of new funding. The Elysée said it was a “systematic overhaul” hastened by severe problems in areas such as casualty, psychiatry and medical studies.

President Macron said there would be “no economies hitting hospitals in ...

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