Cergy. Recent consultations at Genottes Medical Center

The medical center in Genottes and doctor Avisse have their last consultations. The rug falls this Friday night, May 27, after thirty years of good and loyal service. (© Val-d’Oise Gazette)

“And when exactly do you stop? In the waiting room, patients swing between disbelief and worry. A company that closes and that is the threat of medical desert which becomes cruel reality.

Death in the soul

Located in the heart of the popular district Saint Kitts to Cergy (Val d’Oise) that Genotte Medical Center saw his last consultations. It will certainly draw the curtain this Friday night, May 27, after thirty years of good and loyal service. Thirty years of caring for an often modest population. Thirty years of embodying this precious urban medicine that is now running out of hand.

Dead in the soul, his last two GPs, Michel Avisse and Youssef Mazouz, will put their stethoscope away. Direction Cergy-le-Haut for the first to bring his replacement, Marine Papiau, with whom he will join. Pontoise, secondly, seduced, according to Michel Avisse, by “the benefits” that the city of art and history offers.

“The mayor gave us no help”

When they stayed in Saint-Christophe, they believed in it until the very end, but the retirement in January last year of a colleague, orphaned by a successor, decided otherwise. Impossible to discharge the heavy loads of the cabinet when the number dictates its law. The lack of support from Cergy municipality, according to GPs, completed their fate.

“The mayor gave us absolutely no help to find another place in the neighborhood,” complains Michel Avisse, 68, “active pensioner,” who continues to exercise as long as the desire carries him. We were offered unhygienic rooms, without windows. Everything the work of 150,000 euros was at our expense … ”

Michel Avisse, general practitioner

A page turns in Saint-Christophe. “Here I consult without an appointment, patients sometimes come from 06.00 because they know they are being taken during the day,” says the doctor. “But there are too many and it gets harder and harder. People are sad. “It’s getting worse and worse. A short time ago, two women had their hair straightened in the waiting room, one of their sons came back armed with a knife, we had to call the police …”

Despite this deterioration in the practice of a priestly profession, Dr. Avisse will leave Saint-Christophe with regret. “I set up this medical center in 1983, it was a wasteland … I know everyone, I feel very good there and I am very attached to this life. We were the only two general practitioners in Saint-Christophe …” That’s it, it’s over.

Jean-Paul Jeandon: “That is not correct! »

“Doctors should tell the truth …”, said Jean-Paul Jeandon, P’s mayor of Cergy, in response to the inertia lawsuit filed by Dr. Avisse.
“We offered them a room where work had to be done, they thought they would be taken care of by the town hall, but it was not possible, we are at a private activity. With them, it was never easy. They were received several times at the town hall, we did our best, but we could not find a place in Saint-Christophe that suited them. It’s a failure for everyone, but it is not correct to say that we did not follow them. »
The elected representative also clarifies that the city is acting on the health front. “The municipal health center opens at the end of the year. We will also have a doctor’s office near the town hall in the beginning of 2023. We have also just bought premises in Hauts-de-Cergy, which will be reserved for general practitioners. »

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