General emergency alert. In 60 departments, covering the twelve continental regions and Mayotte, at least one service has to give in to insurmountable “difficulties”: lack of doctors, nurses, nursing auxiliaries or “back-up beds” to transfer their patients, according to the SUdF count – which does not include Corsica, the West Indies and Guyana.

In total, almost 20% of the approximately 620 establishments – public and private – hosting one or more emergency services are affected.

Additional sign of an unprecedented crisis, 14 of the 32 largest French hospitals (CHU and CHR) are on this list.

Among the 120 establishments listed, more than half had to resolve to close, most often partially, their emergencies. Sometimes at night, as in Alkirch (Haut-Rhin), Auch (Gers) or Voiron (Isère). Elsewhere, by removing mobile teams from Smur, such as Creil (Oise), Grenoble or Metz.

The most frequent “solution” remains however the “regulation of access” by the Samu: in Bordeaux, Cherbourg (Manche) or Nevers (Nièvre), unless there is a vital emergency, only a prior call to 15 can allow admission at certain times.

A dozen hospitals have gone as far as “shedding”, sending the sick to other sites, such as Châteauroux (Indre), Laval (Mayenne) or Pontivy (Morbihan). A handful even resorted to the “white plan”, which makes it possible to deprogram operations and reassign personnel, including Rennes, Roubaix and Tourcoing (North).

According to an emergency doctor working in one of the listed hospitals, “the situation is catastrophic, we have never experienced such tension even before the summer period”.