The Ministry of Health admitted this Tuesday, June 6, to hire foreign doctors, a possibility that will be evaluated according to the results of tenders and the recruitment of specialists by the units of the National Health Service (SNS).
"The eventual hiring of doctors abroad may be considered on a supplementary and transitory basis, depending on the evaluation that will be made of the results of the tenders and hiring in progress by the different institutions" of the SNS, the ministry of Manuel Pizarro told the Lusa agency.
The guardianship pointed out that, in the recent tender, opened in May, it was possible to hire 314 new general and family medicine doctors.
«Of the 307 new specialists who concluded the specialty this year, 306 applied and 278 chose a vacancy and will start functions as a family doctor in the SNS, a retention rate of 91%, above the 79% of the 2022 competition and 73% in the 2021 contest", said Manuel Pizarro's office.
According to the Ministry, this result also means that «SNS was able to attract 36 specialists who had completed the specialty in other years for this competition» and who were outside the public service.
The number of users without an assigned family doctor rose by 4,7% between April and May this year, now exceeding 1,7 million, indicates the SNS transparency portal.
According to data consulted by Lusa, in April this year, 1.678.226 people did not have a family doctor, a number that increased to 1.757.747 users within a month, which represents an increase of almost 80 thousand users.
The transparency portal also indicates that, by choice of the user himself, just over 30 thousand people did not have a family doctor, a number that has been stabilized since November 2022.
Recently, the executive board of the SNS announced that around 500 users will now have a family doctor following the placement of 314 of these specialists in general and family medicine in the last recruitment competition.
On the 2nd of May, 978 vacancies for general and family medicine were launched, corresponding to all the vacancies in the country, in order to retain recent graduates, but also to attract specialists who were not working in the SNS.