Many faculties of medical universities and colleges are short of students majoring in forensic science, surgery and psychiatry, even though the number of newly-established medical facilities has doubled in recent years.
A survey on community-based medical workers, nurses and bachelors of health conducted at 11 universities and 6 colleges shows that the country now has 6.5 doctors for every 10,000 people but they are distributed unevenly, 60 percent of them based mostly in urban areas which account for only 28.4 percent of the total population.
In the meantime, only 25 percent of trainees have higher education qualifications.
The Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, states that there remain gaps in the staff training and distribution system that requires the healthcare sector to fill in as soon as possible.
The Director of the Hanoi Health Department, Nguyen Khac Hien, says they badly need qualified personnel to develop the local healthcare sector in the next ten years, and beyond.
Under a master plan for the 2011-2020 period adopted by the Hanoi municipal People’s Council, Hanoi will build 25 public hospitals with a total of 8,850 beds, a traditional medicine hospital, three first-aid hospitals and 9 satellite first-aid stations and needs as many as 18,000 medical workers including 4,000 doctors and 1,000 pharmacists.
This is a hard nut for Hanoi to crack as many hospitals in the outlying districts are already understaffed.
Minister of Health says some medical universities only focus on training students as they wish without caring about real social demands. So it is imperative to work out a clear strategy as well as a roadmap for the healthcare sector to improve the quality of its staff to regional and international standards.
Hien says the Hanoi Health Department is trying its best to attract more doctors, medical practitioners and students after graduation for suburban hospitals.
There is a plan to upgrade 5 to 6 secondary-level medical schools and two colleges and use medical workers from central hospitals based in the capital to do extra work when needed.