A “Druid faith healer” has been called in by the local authorities of six Brittany villages, frustrated by their failure to find a doctor willing to move to the area.
In an approach reminiscent of the Asterix character ‘Psychoanalytix’, the Druid will offer natural remedies using plants, stones and breathing exercises — but no magic potion. Operating from an office in the town hall of La Roche-Derrien, which has a population of just over 1,000, he gives his first consultation on Friday.
The mayor, Jean-Louis Even, said repeated advertisements for a GP to serve the area, which suffers from a chronic shortage of doctors, had failed to attract a single application from a medical practitioner. However, it did elicit a response from the ‘ancestral healer’, Gwénael Trochet.
The point being that a rather large amount of GP work is either terribly simple or just the process of listening to people and then telling them to go away (the modern version of which is “here are some antibiotics”). As long as whoever is doing that knows when they don’t know that’s fine. Boost it up the line.
That’s not entirely and wholly facetious either…..