Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon to step down

The statement was expected. The Minister of Health and Prevention will resign from her post. Brigitte Bourguignon, lost in the 6th constituency of Pas-de-Calais this Sunday during the legislative elections against a far-right candidate. However, the executive had warned: a minister beaten in the legislative elections will not be able to remain in office.

After only a month, Brigitte Bourguignon will therefore pack her bags. “Given this result, I will leave the Government and my functions as Minister of Health and Prevention”, she announced on Twitter, when she was beaten by 56 votes by her competitor from RN Christine Engrand . She also addressed a thought to the French of which she knows “the immense expectation in terms of health and access to care”. For the minister who was quickly dismissed, “health must remain a priority”.

Who to take up the torch?

Several names are already circulating to replace her, such as those of deputy Philippe Juvin, regional president Jean Rottner or mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet, who all have the double advantage of being doctors and a member of the Republicans, whose parliamentary group will be crucial to obtain a majority in the National Assembly.

Another is already coming up against a barrage: Frédéric Valletoux, just elected deputy (Horizons) for Seine-et-Marne and at the head for more than ten years of the Fédération hospitalière de France, where he constantly pleads for the compulsory on-call duty and the regulated installation of liberal doctors.

An arduous task for an essential ministry

Tipped to succeed Martin Hirsch at the Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), the former head of Health Insurance also ticks a lot of boxes according to an executive from the presidential camp, for whom “you need a political profile” who “knows well subject and be able to create consensus”.

The task promises to be breathtaking from the outset, with the “great consultation” that the Head of State intends to launch in July on the theme of health, already raised to the rank of “emergency” by the government, in the same way as purchasing power and the climate. The defeat on the wire of Brigitte Bourguignon in the legislative elections leaves the Ministry of Health without pilot, while the subject is part of the “emergencies” of the government and that France is on the eve of a “difficult” summer in hospitals .

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