caregivers no longer want to decide on their own about deprogramming

During the first confinement, the massive cancellations had caused delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Caregivers urge patients to continue consulting, despite the coronavirus epidemic.
Caregivers encourage patients
to continue to consult, despite the coronavirus epidemic.
ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

“Don’t deprogram yourself on your own!”, urged Martin Hirsch, director general of the AP-HP, on Tuesday, while some patients self-cancel interventions, consultations or imaging exams for fear of either overloading hospitals or of being infected by the virus . “Patients don’t bother hospitals by coming! What bothers us is to find larger tumors, metastases two months later. Our goal is not to deprogram as much as possible but to treat patients, all patients. The assessment of this crisis will also be done on non-Covid patients ” hammered Martin Hirsch. And to drive home the point for those who think the hospital forgot to cancel: “A patient who has not been notified of a cancellation is a patient who has not been canceled.”

A call relayed by the Fondation des Hospitals de France (FHF), which represents all public hospitals: “The French must continue to take care of themselves”, pleaded its president Frédéric Valletoux Tuesday morning. The same

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