Algarve’s hospitals and health centres welcome 136 training doctors

67% of SNS doctors dissatisfied; 26% ready to quit

More than two thirds of doctors working in the Portuguese State health service (SNS) say they are dissatisfied with the terms and conditions of their employment, while more than a quarter (26%) are planning to quit within the next 12 months or already combining their work with the private sector, a study “Decisive Factors in the Medical Career” conducted by APAH (the Portuguese association of hospital directors) has shown. Reasons for discontent “leave no margin for doubt”, says Jornal de Notícias – 75% point to pay as the principal motive, 63% blame lack of human resources and/ or equipment and 47% believe “an excess of patients” impacts on time and quality of the profession.