Nicolas Revel appointed director to replace Martin Hirsch

Nicolas Revel, former chief of staff of Jean Castex at Matignon, was appointed head of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), according to the report of the Council of Ministers on Monday July 4.

Nicolas Revel, 56, succeeds Martin Hirsch, who for almost ten years had been managing the leading French hospital group (39 establishments, nearly 100,000 employees). Before his time at Matignon, he had headed the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnam) from 2014 to 2020. A position awarded by François Hollande, who had previously recruited him in 2012 as deputy secretary general of the Élysée, in tandem with Emmanuel Macron.

Public hospital crisis

This enarque (promotion Léon Gambetta), son of the writer Jean-François Revel and the journalist Claude Sarraute, first cut his teeth at the Court of Auditors, before entering politics from the left. Technical adviser to Jean Glavany at the Ministry of Agriculture, he joined and then headed the cabinet of Bertrand Delanoë at the town hall of Paris.

He succeeds Martin Hirsch, who left office in the midst of an unprecedented crisis in the public hospital. Overcrowded hospitals, growing medical deserts, “loss of meaning” of the profession for the staff, emergency services on the verge of fainting: the wounds of the healthcare system are raw at the end of more than two years of pandemic which have wrung out caregivers.

Along with school, it is one of the two major projects of Emmanuel Macron’s new five-year term, who has planned to launch his major conference on health in July, with a “real collective revolution to be made”.


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