With thousands of physician retirements on the horizon for the next ten years, the increase in training places is a prevailing need in hospitals throughout Spain for ensure that all specialties have a sufficient number of doctors and nurses in order to provide quality assistance.
The Government is working in this direction and already has announced that next year there will be 10,000 more places in hospitals and health centers across the country so that graduates in Medicine and other health sciences are trained in one of the 44 specialties that exist in our health system. These places represent an increase of 3.2% compared to the previous call. The province has done well in this distribution and the increase will be 4.3%, higher than the national average, and which is added to that registered the previous year, so that in two years the training places have increased by 23, 5%, mainly concentrated in Primary Care.
In all hospitals
Total 336 specialists will be trained in the ten public hospitals as of next year and in their health centers of Alicante. Thus, the province will train more pulmonologists, pediatricians, family doctors and nurses or surgeons to try to alleviate the lack of professionals who are already suffering almost all specialties due to the aging of the workforce and the flight of doctors and nurses abroad in search of better working conditions. A shortage of professionals that translates into difficulties to cover summer vacations or sick leave or, now with the pandemic, in the impossibility of hiring more support professionals.
Although 4.3% of the last year may seem a discreet figure, those responsible for hospital training, such as Juan Manuel Arriero, from the Hospital de Sant Joan, believe that the upward trend is positive. «Accrediting a training place is very complicated, it is not something that can be done overnight. You have to train with guarantees, so you must guarantee that you have infrastructure, enough patients, teachers, techniques … ». However, Arriero believes that it is essential that the administrations make an analysis in each specialty regarding the age of the workforce and the need for specialists to adjust this offer of places to the real demand that exists in society.
One of the oldest specialties and in which there are more problems every year to find professionals to work with is Family Medicine. Although this year the number of accredited places to train doctors and nurses in health centers has not increased, “last year there was already an increase of 25%”, highlights Clara Pérez, head of studies at the provincial Teaching Unit of Family and Community Care. Pérez also highlights the high demands involved in training a young recent graduate. “The R4 stay all day with their tutor and every year there are transfers, tutors change … it is not easy to accredit places, although we would like to have more.”
The exam, in March to join hospitals earlier
Another novelty brought by next year’s specialized training is the date of the exam, which will take place on March 27, 2021. This date will allow new professionals, as the president, Pedro Sánchez, highlighted days ago, “to join in months in advance to provide support in the health services of the autonomous communities. It should be remembered that due to the pandemic, this year the MIRs have been incorporated months late.
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