The health crisis has demonstrated the extraordinary capacity of French cancer centres to invent solutions and set up agile management processes, to continue treatment and to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. Unicancer actively participated in the dynamics of the National health sector reform “Ségur de la santé”, putting forward numerous proposals.

“We are delighted by the ambition borne by the ‘Ségur de la santé’. We played an active role as members of the steering committee and we put forward a number of tangible proposals. Unicancer’s contribution is the result of a collective effort of all FCCCs”

Prof. Jean-Yves Blay, Unicancer President

Rethinking the hospital of the future

The health crisis has highlighted the importance of the values upheld by our healthcare system: recognition of health as a non-negotiable, public good, the notion of taking care of patients, and the strength of collective mobilisation. From the start of the health crisis, the professionals in our French comprehensive cancer centres (Fcccs) were able to adapt and take action to face a double challenge: to ensure continuity of care of cancer patients and to guarantee optimal safety conditions.

The agility of our Centres was a significant advantage in maintaining the public health service, in which the national health sector reform “Ségur de la santé” breathed new life. As university hospital centres offering public service missions, the Fcccs were quick to respond to all the concerns revealed by the crisis, as were public hospitals. They therefore played an active role in the dynamics of the Ségur through their federation, Unicancer.

“We were committed to this wide consultation to contribute to an ambitious reform of our healthcare system, at the service of patients, in accordance with an approach to improve management and to make the voice of professionals heard”

Sophie Beaupère, Unicancer CEO

Our contribution

Our proposals in the framework of the Ségur de la santé provide answers to the challenges of the future hospital reform, in particular:

  • Promotion of skills, salary review and review of the careers of the nursing staff and doctors
  • Consolidation of the French Comprehensive Cancer Centres’ governance model, which demonstrated its ability to innovate and its responsiveness, and the reinforcement of the role of patients in decision-making and healthcare pathway organisation
  • Setting up of territorial networks to prevent cancer and coordination of regional oncology projects
  • Reform of the funding system and investment support, a priority for cancer care
  • Support for research and innovation in oncology

After the “Ségur de la santé”, Unicancer recognised the major progress made in terms of the simplification, territorialisation and medicalisation of the French healthcare system, of procedures and governance but also the reform of funding, the exceptional aids and measures for re-evaluating healthcare professionals.


Our contribution to the French health sector reform “Ségur de la santé” (in French)

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Our contribution to the French strategy 2021-2031 for the fight against cancer

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