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Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity Catherine Vautrin at the Elysée in Paris on August 30, 2023.

Arms within the air, to the phrases ofAlexandria Alexandra, an outdated hit by Claude François, Catherine Vautrin launched right into a wild karaoke, on Saturday January 20, in a nursing house in Aisne. During her first subject go to, the brand new Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity demonstrated her eagerness to handle “our elders”. But, barely appointed, the quantity three within the authorities has dashed the hopes of parliamentarians to see a future monetary programming legislation for the aged.

Catherine Vautrin was on the bench of ministers, Tuesday January 30, for the examination within the Senate of the proposed legislation (PPL) regarding “aging well”, voted on at first studying within the National Assembly, on November 23, 2023. On a Macronist initiative, the PPL offers – by advantage of an opposition modification, voted in November by all political teams within the Assembly – that“a multi-year programming law” will outline, “before December 31, 2024 (…), the public funding objectives necessary to ensure the healthy aging of elderly people at home and in establishments, and the recruitment of professionals”.

Mme Vautrin, nonetheless, closed the door to this prospect on Tuesday, on the grounds that “Article 34 of our Constitution does not retain the notion of a programming law for the medico-social sector”. However, she clarified that the Council of State, referred to by the federal government, would definitively determine on the query in an opinion on February 8. If a so-called “programming” legislation proves to be unconstitutional, Mme Vautrin, nonetheless, affirmed, within the Senate Social Affairs Committee, on January 24: “I undertake before you to make a law [simple] for old age, and that it be done and voted on by the end of this year. »

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In session on Tuesday evening, the minister did not display this ambition. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, ignored a law concerning old age, in his general policy speech. “We will continue to build a society where everyone can age with dignity and as they wish, by making it easier for those who wish to stay at home and by improving daily life in nursing homes”, did he declare. “Two sentences [seulement] to evoke » the topic, deplored stakeholders within the sector, such because the Association of Departments of France.

Impossible promise?

On November 22, Elisabeth Borne made this dedication: “We will perform this programming legislation, she had stated. I hope {that a} textual content will be introduced by the summer season for examination and adoption within the second half of 2024.” Aurore Bergé, then Minister of Solidarity, additionally stated this: “A legislation on programming for outdated age is important. I'm in (…) to convey it to fruition. »

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