Meantime, the Algarve’s three hospitals (Lagos, Portimão and Faro) are actively trying to recruit a total of 51 new doctors.
The news came from the region’s hospital board (CHA) following a decision by ACSS (the central health service administration).
The region’s chronic shortage of doctors, particularly specialists, is considered to be one of the most important issues within the Algarve health sector.
Administrative boss João Moura Reis has said that he wants to settle it once and for all, within the next six years “at the most”, while the head of the Algarve’s hospitals, Joaquim Ramalho, stresses that the new openings are “an excellent opportunity for doctors who plan to develop a career in the region”.
The vacancies include posts for 23 specialties, including anesthesiology, general medicine, cardiology, gynecology, psychiatry, orthopedics and pediatric medicine.