French government announces new plans for elderly careBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1127-b (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1127
- Brad Spurgeon
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 …