In Poland, many hospitals are offering over a dozen placements for doctors to start immediately. For example, a hospital in Jarocin, urgently needs internists, cardiologists and rehabilitation specialists. They are also searching for Psychiatrists.
According to Krzysztof Kordel, director of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, the main reason for this is that fewer students are entering the Country’s medical schools. This year the University of Poznan expects to have 230 medical graduates, about 100 less than twenty years ago. Most of the graduates will go on to select more lucrative specialisations – Psychiatry and Geriatrics are not one of them.
Another problem is the aging medical workforce. A very real problem is looming in the near future when many specialists retire from the workforce.
Who will replace them?