The French-speaking cantons go on the offensive in the face of the shortage of doctors –

The French-speaking cantons go on the offensive in the face of the shortage of doctors –
The French-speaking cantons go on the offensive in the face of the shortage of doctors –

In a context of predicted shortages, the French-speaking cantons are joining forces to strengthen the coordination of postgraduate medical training and improve its effectiveness. They created the intercantonal association RÉFORMER (Reorganization of postgraduate training in MEDICINE in French-speaking Switzerland), they indicated on Tuesday in a press release.

“By guiding and supporting doctors in postgraduate training, this tool should make it possible to improve the coordination and efficiency of the training system in order to ensure coverage of medical needs in the cantons, regions, establishments and in specialties , in particular by increasing the attractiveness of family medicine”, jointly write the six cantons (Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud).

The association is chaired by State Councilor Pierre Maudet, responsible for the Department of Health and Mobility of the canton of Geneva. The recruitment process for a director will soon be launched, for the quickest possible entry into office, it is specified.


The French-speaking cantons have made the following observation: the health system is faced with an inadequacy between the number of trained doctors and the current and future needs of the population.

“This inadequacy is illustrated by a shortage of doctors in certain regions, sectors or establishments and an overabundance in others, a disparity between the number of family doctors and other specialists, an almost non-existent information system and finally duration and therefore high training costs borne by public authorities”, they explain.

Their conclusion is clear. “This situation endangers the coverage of the medical care needs of the population for which the cantons are the guarantors.”

The mission of the intercantonal association will be carried out on three main axes: the anticipation of needs, the distribution of postgraduate training places between recognized training establishments and the production of relevant indicators, making it possible to apply the need clause. documented manner.

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The shortage of doctors in Switzerland / Update / 11 min. / January 21, 2024

Priority for certain sectors

Concretely, support and support for doctors in training will be offered by experienced peers who are neutral in relation to the specialties. The goal is to define career projects according to the desires of doctors and their skills, taking into account the realities of future needs and the legal framework.

The sectors are encouraged to forge close links with training establishments throughout Switzerland in order to promote training courses across linguistic borders, ideally throughout the country.

Priority will be given to the deployment of sectors (ISFM specialties) with a high number of doctors (general internal medicine-MIG, pediatrics, gynecology-obstetrics, psychiatry, anesthesiology) and to existing organizations in certain specialties.





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