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Survey: 84pct of doctors who left abroad wanted to develop professionally

84 percent of the Romanian doctors who practice medicine abroad have left because of their wish to develop professionally, 80 percent did it as a consequence of the conditions in hospitals and clinics, and 60 percent have left because of the salary level, according to a survey published on Thursday by MEDIjobs Romania.

The survey reveals that 56 percent of the doctors have left because of their relation with other colleagues/mentors, 44 percent left to study and 36 percent due to the relation with the Romanian patients.

When asked what are the complaints that they have regarding their profession and living abroad, 40 percent of the doctors have responded they are dissatisfied with the distance from the family and friends, 16 percent mentioned stress and a busy schedule. Other responses mentioned insecurity, difficulty in dealing with foreign patients, lack of a language to communicate.

Furthermore, when asked what would motivate them to return back home, 44 percent responded they would like to help Romanian patients, 40 percent said they would want a fair wage in Romania, 40 percent would like to return to their family and friends and 36 percent would come back in the country if they were to find a job in line with their professional experience, and 16 percent would open their own clinic.

In respect to the help that they would like to receive when coming back, 53 percent of the doctors have stated they want support in filing documents with the College of Physicians and the equivalence of studies, if needed, and 44 percent would like support in finding a new job.

Doctors’ financial expectations who would chose to return to Romania are wages that would range between 6,000 and 15,000 lei.

According to the survey, 82 percent of the nurses have left because of the wage level, 39 percent because of the conditions in hospitals and clinics, 34 percent due to their wish to develop professionally, 21 percent because of their relation with their colleagues/mentors, 17 percent left in order to study and 17 percent because of the relation with the Romanian patients.

When asked what would motivate them to return, 43 percent said they would like to help the Romanian patients, 73 percent would want a fair wage, 52 percent want to get back to their family and friends, 23 percent would return if they were to find a job in line with their professional experience and 21 percent said they would open their own clinic. 69 percent of the respondents said that they would want to be backed up in finding a job in Romania, 39 percent a help in finding housing, 17 percent support in filing documents with the Order of General Medical Assistants, Midwives and Nurses of Romania (OAMMR) and the equivalence of studies, if needed.

The data were collected from interviewing over 50 doctors and nurses living outside Romania.

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