Doctor dearth

Three “drives” to find specialists for Portuguese hospitals have been dropped due to lack of candidates. “The tender procedure was cancelled due to the inexistence of candidates,” read a posting in Diário da República. Thus Coimbra is still lacking a paediatric surgeon, Cova da Beira is short of a clinical haematologist and Figueira da Foz has a vacancy in dermatovenereology – the combined speciality of dermatology and sexually transmitted infections.