French government announces new plans for elderly care

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1127
  1. Brad Spurgeon
  1. Paris

    The French government plans to drop a public holiday to finance a new health programme to prevent another system failure of the kind that caused the deaths of nearly 15 000 people in a heat wave in August.

    Last week Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced €;9bn (£6.2bn; $10.4bn) of funding over the next four and a half years to improve the medical care and welfare of elderly people and those living with a disability.

    The programme, which has to be approved by parliament, aims to improve medical facilities in …

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