Not just doctors for the future of the NHS

07 JUNEDear manager,
the National Order of Biologists and its National Council congratulate themselves on the goal achieved in the State-Regions Conference by their medical colleagues and friends, regarding the redefinition of the need for specialist doctors (three-year period 2020/2023); there are over 38,900 places in schools with 13,000 more places than in the previous three years. We fully share the words of Filippo Anelli, president of Fnomceo: “to overcome the training funnel and the shortage of doctors, we need a law that establishes the correspondence, one by one, between the number of medical graduates and that of specialization grants or for general medicine “.

The agreement provides for the training, for the academic year 2020-21, of at least 13,507 new specialized doctors; 13,311 for the 2021-22 academic year and another 12,124 for the 2022-23 academic year.

These specialists “will go to corroborate our National Health Service, bringing resources where they are needed, filling the gaps mercilessly highlighted by the Covid 19 pandemic” explains Anelli. Unfortunately, continues the representative of doctors: “the increase in the number of places will not be able to solve the problem of the training funnel, created and expanded by the discrepancy between the number of graduates (growing) and the lower availability of contracts for Specialization Schools and grants for the Specific Training Course in General Medicine “.

“Also this year – observes President Fnomceo – and the one after, and the one after that, one in four doctors will not be able to enter and will join the ranks of unemployed, underemployed or unemployed ‘gray coats’. a context that sees the peak of the shortage of specialists due to retirement or in any case the departure of many colleagues from the National Health Service. Shortage exacerbated by Covid, which has increased the need for certain figures “.

Central themes, those addressed by President Anelli, which however affect all health categories, including Biologists. And not only, therefore, that of doctors. As “Health Operators” we therefore hope that the appeals of Fnomceo demanding a regulatory intervention in order to give a future to young doctors regarding the increase in the number of training contracts, will be resolved as soon as possible also with regard to other categories of health professions. This, it is true, would give new life to the NHS.

The National Health Service, it must be reiterated, is a heritage that requires trained and specialized doctors. However, it is questionable whether there is a need, precisely in light of the current health emergency, to invoke regulatory intervention in favor of other health professionals, including biologists. An intervention capable of strengthening, safeguarding and determining the future of the NHS.

Not only doctors then … but also Biologists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Physicists (often identified as “non-doctors”). Highly specialized figures, who make up the wide panorama of the NHS and who enjoy the same dignity as the “gray coats”.

Sen. Dr. Vincenzo D’Anna
President of the National Order of Biologists

07 June 2021
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