Last week, the 'Together For Life' association published a study that shows that most Albanian doctors - around 80% of respondents - are ready to leave the country due to difficult working conditions.
The study, supported by the Friedrich Ebert foundation, also showed that the 24% is ready to go immediately, while the remaining 54% would go away if it had the chance. According to the survey, doctors on university campuses are more likely to find employment abroad than those who work in state hospitals.
The reasons for the bad mood
Most hospital doctors said they had significant shortcomings in the workplace, that they felt undervalued, were under stress and were criticized more than necessary. As if that were not enough, many of them even claimed to have lost faith in the health system and to leave Albania - more generally - for professional and economic reasons.
They believe that the biggest problems in the Albanian health system are management bureaucracy, financial insecurity and non-financing to increase the quality of services.
It is not the first warning
It is not the first time that attention is drawn to the alarming health problem. In the past, many experts in the sector have repeatedly said that Albania was facing a serious shortage of doctors at an alarming rate with the appearance of the new migration phenomenon in recent years.
"The situation gets worse from day to day. Albania has no more doctors. In two and a half years, more than 400 doctors have left the country. To this figure, moreover, all those who have retired must be added. ”- former health minister Tritan Shehu declared two years ago.
Then Albania had doctors 1,1 every 1000 inhabitants, while EU countries have about 5 and neighboring Macedonia 4,6. The causes are mainly due to the lack of investment in the sector, which has as its main consequences unjustified wages and lack of incentives for specialization.
This trend, in all probability, will increase even more once Albania enters the EU, as happened in the past with Romania and Bulgaria.
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