There are only a few weeks left to find a solution. Two general practitioners from the Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin nursing home will retire by the end of the year and for the moment, no replacement was found. Between them, the practitioners see 3,000 people from the town and its surroundings for consultation. A single doctor in the territory will not be able to meet the demand. The situation is not isolated: by 2025, two thirds of the Dordogne will find itself without an attending physician due to the aging of practitioners.
By 2025, two-thirds of the Dordogne risk being left without an attending physician
Since the beginning of the year, the town hall has been doing its utmost to find replacements. A communication campaign has been launched and two recruitment firms have been appointed. But for the moment no solution has been found. “Doctors have spouses who already have a job in the city and therefore it is very complicated for a young practitioner to come to the countryside, explains Raymond Marty, the mayor of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin. We are considered too far away. It’s not necessarily a cost issue, but it’s a lifestyle choice that doctors make. “
We are considered too far away. It’s not necessarily a cost issue, but it’s a lifestyle choice that doctors make – Raymond Marty, the mayor of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin
The inhabitants worry about not finding a medical appointment if practitioners are missing or have to travel miles to see a doctor. The third doctor present at the nursing home fears he will not be able to meet the demand.