The Junta de Andalucía, through the ministries of Health and Consumption and of University, Research and Innovation, will guarantee the necessary means to face the Increase in Medicine places for the 2023-2024 academic year. This has been revealed by the head of the University, Jose Carlos Gomez Villamandosafter the meeting that he held, together with the Minister of Health and Consumption, Catherine Garciawith the deans of Medicine of Andalusian public universities.
In this sense, Gómez Villamandos explained that “after this meeting we have agreed with the representatives of the universities and the deans of Medicine that the regional Administration be the one to give, on their behalf, a united response to the central government on the percentage increase in places planned in Andalusiaat the same time that it has warned that both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Universities “must clarify a series of issues that concern our academic institutions”, given the lack of specificity in the information that the central government has transmitted up to now, such as, for example, what the financing included in the General State Budget may be used for or the duration of these amounts, among others.
In the same way, the counselor has highlighted that The Andalusian Government will ensure the increase in the number of Medicine places requested by the different faculties of Andalusian universities, a guarantee that will be accompanied by measures to provide them with the necessary means and maintain the high quality standards of this degree in Andalusia. In addition, he has remarked that any increase “must guarantee the high quality of the teaching that is given in our faculties”.
Both councilors have explained that their departments will collaborate closely with the rectors and deans of Medicine to provide the Andalusian faculties with the necessary means so that the increase in students accessing the Medicine degree for the next academic year 2023-2024 is effective, at the same time that they have recalled that, for this, in the month of March “universities must request through the offer of degrees the increase of up to 15% of access places allowed by the Government of Spain”.
However, the head of University, Research and Innovation has regretted that, once again, the central government violates the autonomy of the universities and autonomous communities that “are the ones that have competence in this matter” and has criticized that there should have been previous negotiations with the universities and autonomous communities themselves, since they will be the ones that must provide the necessary support, “according to the law”.
On the other hand, the counselor recalled that the start of classes in the new Medicine degrees in Almería and Jaén in this course it has been “excellent news”, not only for the University, but also for society in general, even more so taking into account the great demand for health professionals that exists today.
In addition, he stressed that the Andalusian Government has always backed and supported the implementation of this new degree, providing all the necessary support, because “at all times we have been very aware that the necessary conditions of opportunity, economic viability and infrastructure existed. “.
Gómez Villamandos has also shown the Board’s full willingness to the implementation of the Medicine degree in Huelvaat the same time that it has offered its collaboration and support to make this project viable with all possible guarantees.
In this context, the head of University, Research and Innovation has remarked that the authorization of these studies responds to a social need to continue guaranteeing the training of new professionals, since Andalusia will experience the retirement of a significant number of doctors who “have dedicated his life to take care of our health and provide us with an essential health system for society”.
In the same way, both directors have shown that The Junta de Andalucía has been demanding that the Government of Spain increase the number of MIR vacancies, taking into account the deficit of existing professionals. Thus, they have advanced that as soon as the request for the creation of said degree is formally received, the Board will begin processing it for its implementation in the shortest possible time.
Internship at SAS
For her part, the Minister of Health and Consumption, Catalina García, has asked that “the curricular contents are updated, giving entry to humanization, communication and management, in addition to innovating in teaching methods”. García has also requested that “the need to expand places be adequately dimensioned” and has asked “how much and until when are we going to continue with the clausus numbers”, since, he has abounded, “if in the 22-23 academic year they have enrolled 7,445 students (in public and private faculties) and 8,550 MIR places have been offeredthere is a lag that still does not translate into the calls, because 12,251 candidates have applied to these more than 8,000 places (admitted among 13,418 applications).
Catalina García, who recalled that “the deficit we are experiencing both in specialist doctors and in Family and Community Medicine will be exacerbated in the coming years with the expected retirements, 6,769 in the next decade, until 2032, of which 2,917 will be family”. However, she has pointed out that “with the measures we are adopting, such as the increase in resident places and our greater capacity to retain them, exceeding 70%, we are managing to reverse the deficit situation, we have brought the break-even point forward” .
In fact, in 2022, 71% of MIR doctors who completed their residency in Andalusia chose to remain in the SAS and in some specialties, such as Microbiology, Cardiovascular Surgery or Clinical Pharmacology, this percentage reached 100%. In Family and Community Medicine, which currently has the greatest deficit of professionals, 78.55% formalized their contract with the Andalusian Health Service.
Thus, “assuming that 97% of MIR students finish their studies within 4-5 years and that between 75 and 80% decide to stay working in the SAS, in the years 2025 and 2026 we would not only achieve cover retirements but replace between 193 and 475 more doctors. If it remains at 70% this year, we would have 130 and 346 more medical professionals in 2025 and 2026, respectively.“García has detailed.
However, the counselor, who has stressed that “we will continue with the development of the professional career of SAS workers”, has taken the opportunity to once again ask the Minister of Health for a specific meeting of the Interterritorial Committee on this matter, ” while this deficit of professionals affects the entire National Health System and all the autonomous communities. For this reason we cannot allow ourselves to have 4,000 professionals left out of the call for MIR positions”.
In addition, The Andalusian head of Health and Consumption has insisted on demanding that the Minister of Health “make the criteria for accreditation units more flexible”. García explained that “if there is not this flexibility of criteria, Andalusia cannot request more places because we do not meet the criteria.” At the moment, García has highlighted that Andalusia, together with Madrid, has been the autonomous community that has presented a greater offer of MIR places in the call for this course (1,456), 33.9% more than in the 2018 call. 2019, when 1,149 places were offered.
Maria Castellanos Arroyo Program
In another order of things, another of the topics that have been addressed during the meeting has been the María Castellano Arroyo program, an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Health and Consumption, through the SAS, and the Ministry of University, Research and Innovation through the Andalusian public universities that have a degree in Medicine: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Málaga and Seville to combine clinical and teaching activity.
With this program it is intended facilitate SAS professionals who can reconcile their clinical activity with research and teaching workas well as guide them to the acquisition of the merits to obtain a place with clinical link to the Public Health System of Andalusia (SSPA).