Quantcast
Connect with us

French president demands probe after newborn dies en route to hospital

Published

on

French President Francois Hollande demanded an inquiry Saturday after a mother lost her baby in giving birth in a car on her way to hospital because the clinic closer to her home had been closed in a health care shake-up.

“No French person should be more than 30 minutes from emergency care,” Hollande said, adding that “medical deserts” in rural areas were unacceptable.

ADVERTISEMENT

The baby’s death occurred Friday in southwestern France’s Lot region as the mother and her partner were trying to get to a hospital more than an hour from their home near the town of Figeac.

They were forced to stop on a motorway as the birth began and the child died soon afterwards.

The local maternity clinic at Figeac had been closed in 2009 despite warnings from doctors and hospital staff as part of a policy to concentrate care in more modern establishments, often in or on the edge of major cities.

A national lobby group supporting neighbourhood hospitals called Saturday for a moratorium on the closure of maternity units.

Its president, Michel Antony, said that two-thirds of such units across France had been closed in the past 20 years.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We are faced with the dominant ideology that concentrating is the solution, which is wrong,” he told AFP.

“If another maternity clinic had been kept in the Lot, yesterday’s drama would not have happened.”

[Image by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Christians have to resist being used’: New Republicans Against Trump ad takes aim at his evangelical base

Published

on

In a new ad from Republicans Against Trump, a group of Christian voters explains why they can't support President Donald Trump because his morals and ethics simply don't follow the values taught by Jesus Christ.

"I grew up in the church. I attended a private Christian high school," says Tommy, a Republican voter. "You look at the way someone lives their life and you believe them."

The ad then recalls the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape where President Donald Trump brags about being able to sexually assault women, because "when you're a star they let you do it."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Michigan restaurant owner faces furious backlash for ‘disgusting, racist’ rant about face masks and Black Lives Matter

Published

on

The owner of a well known Michigan restaurant railed against Black Lives Matter and face masks in a Facebook post this Monday, Michigan Live reports.

The owner, Carl Nelson, later tried to claim that the post was meant for his personal page and was mistakenly posted to the business page for his restaurant, Pronto Pups. The post denounced the BLM movement, praised the Michigan Militia, compared the media to Adolf Hitler, along with other bizarre proclamations.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

The View ends in shouting match after Meghan McCain comes out in support of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

Published

on

The women of "The View" broke out into an intense debate as they discussed Fox News' Tucker Carlson and his aide that was recently outed for a series of racist online stories.

Conservative co-host Meghan McCain said that she abhors "cancel culture" and argued that at one time or another everyone on "The View" has been the victim of a "cancel culture" attack.

"When we're thinking about cancel culture it makes me sad there seems to be -- we're in a moment in time where there's not a place for people to come together and have civil debates," said McCain. "I worry about that time when we're all going to be siloed in our corners. I like debating with you guys."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image