Bangkok, Aug. 19 – The Ministry of Public Health reveals that it has been allocated less than 70% of its capital for doctors and is decreasing every year, and is preparing to discuss the framework for the allocation of medical funds in 2024, adjusting the proportion for the Ministry of Public Health to increase and solving the doctor shortage problem.
Ministry of Public Health Revealed that doctors are allocated less than 70% of the capital and the number is decreasing every year. Preparing to discuss the framework for the allocation of doctors for the year 2024. Initially, relevant agencies agreed to adjust the proportion for the Ministry to increase. It is expected that in 2024 there will be about 2,800 graduates, approximately 2,000 will be allocated, an increase of about 200 from the previous year, helping add doctors. system and alleviate shortages in some areas.
Pimpetch Sukhumalpaiboon, M.D. Director of the Office of the Production of Additional Doctors for Rural People Project Ministry of Public Health Discuss the progress of the allocation of skill-enhancing physicians or doctors who use capital in the first year that they have prepared to propose to the meeting of the committee considering the allocation of medical students contracting as medical students (Consortium) to request for an allocation of doctors who use more capital. Because in the past, doctors were allocated less than 70% of the capital and the number decreased every year. In 2020, 2,009 people were allocated, in 2021 there were 1,836 people and in 2022 there were 1,788 people, which in the first year of reimbursement work. capital The Ministry of Public Health will distribute it to 116 skill-building hospitals across the country. After that, in the 2nd and 3rd year, they will go to work to reimburse the funds in community hospitals. when the number of doctors reimbursing the allocated capital decreases As a result, some areas have a shortage of doctors. And existing doctors have to increase their workload and spend more time on the job.
Dr. Pimpet continued that from the meeting of the sub-committee to develop a proposal for the allocation of contracted medical students. with representatives from the Faculty of Medicine universities Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Public Health on August 11, the past It was agreed to reduce the allocation to government agencies and other agencies outside the ministry and to allocate more to the Ministry of Public Health. Based on the average number of medical students who have actually been recruited in the past 6 years, it is expected that in the year 2024 there will be approximately 2,800 doctors who will graduate, about 2,000 will be allocated to the Ministry of Public Health, an increase from the last 2 years. Approximately 200 people are ready to work in June 2024, resulting in more personnel working in the area. This helps to reduce the workload and alleviate the shortage of doctors in some areas.
“The Ministry of Public Health has also discussed with the Feb. At present, there are about 25,505 doctors, which has drafted the 2026 position frame to increase to 35,578 people, as well as to increase production in the project to produce more doctors for rural people. Because it was found that this group of doctors has a retention rate of 80-90% in the system, ”said Dr. Pimpetch .-Thai News Agency
Source: Thai News Agency