December 2, 2021

School health, a profession on the verge of asphyxiation

The career of a national education doctor hardly enchants medical interns, nor practicing practitioners.

The reports multiply and the diagnosis is more damning: school medicine is dying. While more than 12 million students go to class every day, barely 900 doctors make their way to school. A third of the posts are vacant, that is to say 500 missing practitioners. And the future looks gloomy for this profession whose average age is 58 years …

The working days are therefore very busy. On average, a doctor follows more than 12,000 students, but, according to the report of the Court of Auditors published last spring, in 19 departments (Aisne, Haute-Corse, Yonne, Gers …), they are more than 20,000 students under the responsibility of a doctor. The most catastrophic situation is found in the Cher, where 47,000 students share a full-time equivalent doctor, when, in the Lot, there are only 6,464… In the Indre, there are simply no more. school doctor. At the same time, “The activities of school medicine professionals have never ceased

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