Nine mayors in France have banned people from becoming ill at an unusual step to encourage a lack of doctors.
The agreement signed by the mayors of Sarthe, one area west of Paris, says patients seeking treatment for an accident or illness will not be allowed to do so.
They say their aim is to warn the government of the difficulties in accessing treatment in the area.
Problems with lack of health officials, lack of beds and closure of equipment are among the issues highlighted.
The agreement states that it is forbidden to seek medical treatment for accidents or birth and health problems in the area. However it is permissible to travel to Paris for treatment, it has extended the agreement.
The agreement is however not legally authorized. It is mentioned as a strict but unusual rule.
“We want to tell the government about the lack of doctors ”, said Domonique Dhumeaux, president of the coalition mayor and mayor of the Fercé-sur-Sarthe area.
” It’s a problem facing our area. The government should address the issue directly ”.
Mr Dhumeaux said 70,000 out of 560,000 people living in the area would not have access to treatment.
He said that the condition of the countryside at medical facilities increases the risk for patients.
Dhumeaux asked other mayors in the area to sign the agreement. Lack of treatment is a sensitive issue at the national level.
A year ago a survey revealed that more than four out of 10 French people had surrendered orders about seeking medical treatment because of being forced to wait often.