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May 17, 2022

Over 10,000 doctors have left the country since 2007

Over 10,000 doctors left the country between 2007 and 2012, while the schools of medicine “churned out” 7,000 residents and the shortage of staff in medical units is a more and more widespread problem, the chairman of the Romanian College of Physicians (CRM), Professor Vasile Astarastoae, stated yesterday. The CRM official stated, during a specialized seminar, that a total 56,000 physicians are registered in Romania, out of whom 13,000 are residents, 2,000 are retired physicians who remained in the College’s database and the remaining number are licensed physicians. “The number of physicians dropped steeply owing to the ‘freeze’ of new positions, as well as to the increasing number of doctors who choose to seek work abroad. The state is under the obligation to protect the health of the nation and to meet its social duties,” Astarastoae argued.

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