l’essentielThe mayor of Lourdes recently provided an update on the progress of the joint hospital in Lanne after two favorable votes from the Grande Agglo and the Departmental Council on the Regional Health Project, which brought the topic back into focus for discussion.
Thierry Lavit is adamant, he is convinced that « the communal hospital is no longer a choice, it is an emergency. » The mayor of Lourdes has taken up his role again to discuss the regional health project in two different deliberative assemblies, the CATLP and the Department, in the presence of Manon Mordelet, deputy director of the ARS. The vote was successful, clarifying the future of the new communal hospital. The mayor expressed his joy, stating that « the regional health project is the cornerstone of the communal hospital, which is now more than ever underway. There are two bodies involved: firstly, the Supervisory Board, which I preside over, has approved some good news – a new director has been recruited and validated by the ARS. He will arrive very soon and will be responsible for leading this project in the coming years and overseeing the interim project. We are already a communal hospital, we just need to build the new hospital in Lanne. The second body is the project steering committee, which includes the general director of the ARS, the president of the Supervisory Board, parliamentarians, and healthcare professionals from Huates-Pyrénées. Two meetings have already taken place and we have three working groups – one focusing on the structure, another on the medical project, and a final one on the future of the abandoned sites. It can be said that the project is underway. »
« Recalibrer l’offre de soins »
These two votes on the PRS, « overwhelmingly majority with decisive scores » as pointed out by Thierry Lavit, represent an additional step in what was only a hypothetical project a few years ago: « This issue will recalibrate both public and private healthcare services in unison. In the department, patients will receive qualitative care, which is crucial at a time when we are experiencing a patient exodus. Like Toulouse and Bordeaux, which are gaining residents, we must take care of our patients and accommodate those who come in. » This facility is necessary to anticipate the future of the territory, the department, and even beyond: « We need to consider a well-thought-out territorial network, shared between the public and private sectors. » The mayor also mentioned other ongoing projects related to healthcare, this time in the city of Lourdes: « The new radiology center that will be established in Anclades will complement the services after taking over Dr. Fageolles’ practice. This will provide a fully dedicated center thanks to these two medical imaging clinics, ensuring that patients in the territory receive proper care. »
The health center, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2024 or early 2025, is also a crucial component of this initiative that will provide the Marian city with a sustainable and high-quality medical service.