NFU: More training places necessary for shortage of doctors

Editorial Medicalfacts/ Janine Budding January 24, 2023 – 8:25 AM

There is a great shortage of general practitioners and other doctors such as doctors specialized in youth, the elderly and the mentally handicapped. Several parties are needed to address these shortages. Together with other parties, the UMCs want to reduce the shortage by adjusting the programs and providing more information to make the programs more attractive. On behalf of the UMCs, the NFU calls on the Minister of Health to increase the number of training places for basic doctors and to structurally arrange funding for further education.

Although the number of GPs has increased by 5% in the past three years, it is expected that more than a quarter of GPs will retire in the next ten years. They are also more likely to work part-time. That is why more GPs need to be trained. The problem extends beyond the shortage of general practitioners. Many disciplines in the healthcare sector are struggling with a shortage of personnel and this will only increase in the coming years if policy remains unchanged. In addition to the shortage of general practitioners, there is an urgent shortage of paediatricians, addiction doctors and doctors for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with intellectual disabilities, forensic doctors, company and insurance doctors and doctors in society and health. Given the great need for these doctors, it is necessary to train more. It appears to be difficult to enthuse students for these follow-up courses. Students more often opt for a specialization in a hospital because the working conditions there are better and the work gives more status.

Umcs adjust training

To ensure more doctors in primary care and social medicine, the UMCs want to encourage more medical students and medical doctors to choose a specialization in these fields. They are therefore adjusting the medical training and paying more attention to courses that deal with care outside hospitals. In addition, the UMCs provide students with more information about what the work of doctors in social medicine and in primary care, such as general practitioners, entails. The UMCs want to do this together with other organisations. They can contribute to this by, for example, offering internships outside hospitals and involving professionals from the field in the training of doctors. This includes GGDs, occupational health and safety services and the UWV, but also health insurers, companies and municipalities.

Structural financing

Extra money is needed for more training places and for better working conditions. It is important that the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport provides sufficient and structural funding. A contribution from the ministries of J&V and SZW can ensure that additional forensic doctors and additional company and insurance doctors are trained, respectively.

Source: NFU

Editorial Medicalfacts/ Janine Budding

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