Regional Government aims to ensure full coverage of Family GPs across Madeira by 2024

Recently, the Health Secretary of Madeira stressed the need to ponder strategies for enhancing the appeal of the Madeira Regional Health System (SRS) to draw in new doctors, considering that this year they retained only 40 out of the requested 66 vacancies during a ceremony welcoming 80 interns.

Pedro Ramos emphasized the distinctive features of the SRS, highlighting its lack of strikes, the availability of all specialties during emergencies, and round-the-clock urgent care services in eight health centres, with four operating 24/7. Additionally, the government recognized all healthcare professions and maintains an open dialogue with union structures in the sector.

Regarding education, 40 interns are starting specialized training in 23 specialties, ranging from four to six years, while the remaining interns’ training lasts for one year. Many will face the final challenge of working at the new Central and University Hospital in Madeira, currently under construction. The present coverage of patients with family doctors stands around 95% in the region, with the Madeiran government’s goal set at achieving “100% this year.” Over the past five years, 174 doctors, including 62 in General and Family Medicine, opted for specialized medical training within the SRS, contributing to bolstering primary care in the area.

The Regional Government aims for a complete coverage of family doctors across Madeira by 2024. They seek to ensure all patients have access to a family doctor in health centres and are contemplating ways to make the regional healthcare system more appealing to new professionals.

The evolution of the Madeira Regional Health System has transformed it into the “Macaronesia System,” owing to partnerships established with the Azores, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, and various national and international universities and institutes, making it a trustworthy system. Notably, the focus on research and innovation is evident in facilities like the Clinical Simulation Centre, which has seen continuous activity for a decade, offering numerous courses and over 11,000 training hours.

The imminent inauguration of the Physical Space for the International Cancer and Prevalent Diseases Research Centre signifies a substantial investment backed by ten sponsors, totalling five million euros distributed over five years.

The secretary addressed issues with waiting lists, acknowledging the challenge of prioritizing urgent cases in a specialized hospital, along with problematic discharges exceeding two hundred cases in a hospital with 785 beds. He emphasized the need to find alternative solutions to support these individuals.

Lastly, there’s a commitment to increased surgical specialization through greater utilisation of robotics, which will soon be a reality in Madeira.

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