Against the background of casualty unit chaos up and down the country, the good news is that 145 fledgling doctors will be arriving in the Algarve this month to start their first year specialist studies as interns.
The young medics will be assigned to various health centres throughout the region, as well as to local hospitals.
According to a statement put out by the regional health authority (ARS), 22 will be focused on General Medicine -12 for the central bloc of health centres, six for the Barlavento (west Algarve) area and four for the Sotavento (eastern Algarve) – while 28 will be spread among specialities including internal medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, obstetrics, radiology, oncology, pneumology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation medicine and clinical pathology.
ARS adds that aside from the interns embarking on specialities, the Algarve will be receiving 93 soon-to-be-qualified doctors to “various health services within the region”.
The authority explained there were more young medics coming to the Algarve this year as the plan is to woo these professionals into staying so that habitual shortages suffered in the past can be countered.