Would Monsieur Prefer a Lethal Injection or the Slaughterhouse?
Veterinarians should replace doctors in the French countryside, where GPs are an increasing rarity, a politician says.
France is often cited as having one of the best health systems in the world, but a survey has revealed a dearth of doctors in the countryside.
Francoise Tenenbaum, the vice president of Burgundy's regional council, said she had come up with a "revolution" that could solve the shortage.
"Why not call on vets?" said the Socialist politician and deputy mayor of Dijon. "By offering them an extra year's training, they could intervene in medical centres. It's sub-medicine, you may say, but in a rural milieu I'm sure it would be well accepted by the local population." ...
Alain Houpert, a Burgundy councillor from UMP, the rival conservative party, said the suggestion was "shocking."
"Does Madame Tenenbaum know that in case of a fracture, the vet knows only one remedy: a (lethal) injection or the slaughterhouse? That is a curious way of treating people."