Professor of medicine, he is at the origin of the creation of the SAMU, in 1968, in the hospitals of Toulouse, then of the law which will extend the SAMU to all the French departments with a unique and free number, in 1986.
The founder of the emergency medical service (SAMU), the professor of medicine Louis Lareng, 96 years old, died Sunday, November 3 in Toulouse, announced in a statement the prefect of Haute-Garonne. In a tweetMinister of Health Agnès Buzyn hailed " Memory " of this specialist in anesthesia and resuscitation, "Who had the audacity, in 1968, to create the UAS, which we know the major role in our health system. Our emergency medicine owes him a lot "said the minister.
Louis Lareng was born on April 8, 1923, in Ayzac-Ost, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, commune where he will be the mayor from 1965 to 1977. Professor of medicine, he is at the origin of the creation of the SAMU, in 1968, in hospitals in Toulouse. A circular of February 1969 then officially authorizes these services of urgent medical aid (SAMU), "Service of general interest", coordinating "Private and public relief".
But no emergency number managed by a coordinating physician is created, which Mr. Lareng deplores in a forum at World in 1977. "Progress is nothing if man can not benefithe wrote. (These measures) born (are) not difficult to put in place, as long as we want to succeed. However the will is not enough: financial means are essential. A law is needed. "
In 1986, it's done. The "Lareng Law", after the name of the one who has since become a Socialist MP, is adopted unanimously. This one extends the SAMU to all the French departments with a unique and free number, the 15th.
"A great humanist"
The former boss of the SAMU in Toulouse, Dr. Jean-Louis Ducassé, has expressed his sadness on Twitter, recalling that Mr. Lareng "Has been for many of us an example of dedication to public hospital service".
Mr. Lareng, also a city councilor from Toulouse from 1983 to 1995, was a «A man of progress and innovation who was interested in telemedicine very early», wrote in his statement the prefect of Haute-Garonne, Etienne Guyot, who paid tribute "To a great humanist".
Louis Lareng "Was a committed politician, a humanist socialist and a republican also invested in patriotic orders", salutes his side, in a statement, the mayor (LR) of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc. "His voluntarism made Louis Lareng a remarkable personality. I want to salute his memory today, he who was my godfather at the Legion of Honor "Adds the mayor, who recalls that Louis Lareng chaired the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse from 1970 to 1976.
In 2016, Louis Lareng was promoted to the rank of Grand Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honor.