Europe: Will there be sufficient health professionals to meet future needs?

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OMS Europa – According to the latest WHO/Europe core health indicators for 2015, the number of physicians and nurses in the Region may not be sufficient to cover the future health needs of an ageing population, despite an increase of around 10% in the past 10 years. The report also points out that physicians in Europe are getting older: almost every third physician is over 55 years old. In addition, the skills-mix of health professionals needs to change: for example, the proportion of general practitioners (GPs) among all physicians should be increased.

“Human resources are the cornerstone of the health system in any country, and the planning, regulation and management of the health workforce requires extensive intersectoral collaboration – both topics are at the heart of the Health 2020 policy,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

The report, entitled “Core health indicators in the WHO European Region 2015…

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