Study: Around 175,000 doctors and nurses are missing
More and more medical specialists are missing in clinics and hospitals. This is the result of the current study "Skills shortage in health care" by the Munich-based consulting firm "Roland Berger Strategy Consultants". Accordingly, it can be expected that the shortage of skilled workers will increase to around 15% by 2015 - which would mean the equivalent of 175,000 vacant positions in the medical and nursing sector.
Clinics have to work with 175,000 vacancies According to the current study, the shortage of medical specialists is growing. According to this, an increase of 15% can be expected by 2015, which corresponds to around 175,000 jobs in the medical and nursing sector, which according to this forecast could remain vacant, according to the management consultancy "Roland Berger Strategy Consultants". The experts see the cause of this development in the so-called "demographic change": fewer and fewer births, the birth-born age groups of the 1950s and 1960s as well as an increasing life expectancy lead to fewer and fewer people of working age and at the same time more and more older people People. "The proportion of people over the age of 80 is expected to double by 2030 [...] This poses a significant challenge for the German healthcare system. Already, almost 80 percent of German hospitals are suffering from not finding enough qualified medical personnel . The trend is increasing, ”said the Roland Berger experts.
Adapting the range of services and personnel structures to the trend In view of these results, clinics and hospitals should adapt to this development as quickly as possible - above all by offering a suitable range of services and personnel structures that would reduce the administrative burden on doctors, as recommended by Zun-Gon Kim, partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Accordingly, the reduction of the high bureaucratic effort and countless overtime hours, for example, must ensure that the clinical work for medical graduates becomes more attractive again - because "only then can the problem of the acute shortage of skilled workers in German hospitals be tackled at the roots", explains Dr. Kim.
"Patient coordinators" for relief and better care According to Roland Berger experts, so-called "patient coordinators" would represent a sensible alternative. These could take over all administrative activities and the organization of all processes related to the patient - from admission to diagnostics to discharge. “Hospital patients would receive all-round care from a single source. This would significantly speed up the handling of bureaucratic procedures and relieve the burden on doctors and nurses - in favor of patient care ", said the resume of Berger expert Kim. (Nr)