Coronavirus : the boondoggles of Touraine, the memory of Bachelot - Point

"I am not going to give any lesson, but..." But in reality, they have made it. Interviewed by the commission of inquiry on the management of the health crisis

Coronavirus : the boondoggles of Touraine, the memory of Bachelot - Point

"I am not going to give any lesson, but..." But in reality, they have made it. Interviewed by the commission of inquiry on the management of the health crisis, in the aftermath of the appearance of Agnès Buzyn, the two ex-ministers of Health, Marisol Touraine, and Roselyne Bachelot have not spared their criticism – always to little flowers dotted against the one who has succeeded and who stated yesterday that the management of the masks was not his responsibility. "Is that to be a minister, it is to be aware of everything ? Yes. When one is in charge of the State and a ministry, it is necessary to know everything ", launched the former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy, visibly exasperated by this new generation of policies, trained to efficiency and optimization. "Plans to fight imagined cold of the brodequins steel that constrain decision-making ", she judged, with a sharp edge, recalling the imperative of real political choices : "In the field of public health, there is no half choice. The only strategy is prevention maximum. "A series of half-choice does she have amplified the crisis, in particular – subject recurrent, irreducible – on the policy of the masks ?

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I was told that there was not an expiration date.

Subject to the questions of deputies, Marisol Touraine, minister of Health, from 2012 to 2017, is being cleared in its turn, often imprecise, sometimes uncomfortable. Suspected to have left the present government a stock stripped of masks and antiviral drugs useless after his departure from the avenue de Ségur, the former minister of François Hollande has yet defended foot to foot, ruining the explanations of Agnès Buzyn, who had said the previous day that he was never informed that 600 million surgical masks, mouldy or out of date, had abruptly disappeared from inventory. "Is it conceivable that, for three years, Agnès Buzyn had no information ?" asked the reporter of the commission, the LR Éric Ciotti. "If it had happened with me, I'd be angry, very, very strong ", creaked, Marisol Touraine, saying they have still kept an eye on these strategic stocks. "Obviously, the minister is not going to count the bulbs. It relies on competent persons in whom it places its trust. But there is a clear chain of command, you know who is doing what, and a minister of trade-offs. I took myself ", she insisted, indicating they had been careful to maintain large inventories. "When I arrived (in 2012, editor's NOTE), there were 730 million surgical masks in stock, and 754 million when I am a part of. So it was good to go. "But in what state were they in, these masks ? the parliamentarians said.

pressing issues, Marisol Touraine concedes finally have just renewed the stock of sleeping beauty found on his arrival : in five years, only about 115 million masks will be ordered. "I was told that there was no expiration date ", is justified-t-it. And not more than Agnès Buzyn she realized that these stocks were largely " outdated ", specifically, even in a state of decay. "Me, I wasn't there, I wasn't in the warehouse..." The failure of the services in charge of physically verify the stock status appears in the hollow : it was the role of the Eprus (Establishment of preparedness and response to health emergencies), a structure that has lost, according to the report of prefiguration of public Health France, 40 % of its budget (and 14 % of its workforce) between 2010 and 2015, and that Marisol Touraine will dissolve in 2016 in the new public Health agency of France, without increasing its resources.

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An error for Roselyne Bachelot, according to which the Eprus, "tool quite remarkable," would have had to " maintain their autonomy ". She had endeavoured, she said, to ensure to his successors, a "valid stock" : "I've fact checked by the national laboratory of metrology and test the validity of the stock masks because it's not enough to have masks, they need to be in good condition ", stated it as a highlight, oddly missed only seven years after his departure from the department... By all actors, public and private. Because, if she did not spare the government, Roselyne Bachelot proved just as tough on a company that, in its entirety, was quick to look for culprits : "The departmental councils, regional, municipal, doctors... They are waiting for what ? What is it is that this country infantilisé ? It is necessary to take in hand ! It is expected that the prefect brings masks with a small cart ? This, too, is the lesson he will have to pull... "

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