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Can we change the trends for the migration of physicians and medical professionals?

The Medical University of Varna hosted the tree-day expert workshop within the international project "Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning & Forecasting" for the period 24-26 September 2014. For the first time Bulgaria, represented by the Medical University of Varna, is a leader of a working package of the project funded directly by the European Commission.

The main goal of the project is implementation of the collaboration and exchange between the member states in human resources planning in the field of healthcare and increasing their capacity in order to take effective and sustainable decisions. The work on the project is divided into 7 working packages, led by teams from Belgium, Slovakia, Finland, Malta, Hungary, Italy, the UK and Bulgaria. The National Center for Public Health and Analyses in Sofia is a partner of Medical University of Varna.

The workshops include discussions between the teams of Working Package 1 (Coordination - Belgium), 4 (Planning Data - Hungary), 7 (Sustainability – Bulgaria and Belgium). The programme manager Michel Van Hoegaerden, Lieve Jorens – the project manager, Zoltan Aszalos leader for the WP4 and the team of WP7 – Sustainability (MU-Varna), led by Prof. Todorka Kostadinova participate in the workshops.

The main topics discussed during the workshops were the following:

  • how to plan the allocation of human resources in the health systems of the European countries;
  • which main indicators to choose for all countries;
  • how to consider the migration of physicians and nurses in Europa – as a treat or as an opportunity?;
  • how to increase the effectiveness of the medical professions;
  • what are the real problems of the health systems hidden behind the migration of physicians and nurses;
  • what is the opinion of future generations – current students in medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing management;
  • What recommendations can be offered to the governments of European countries.

    Representatives of the Regional Health Inspection in Varna, the Municipality of Varna – Department "Healthcare units", the Regional Health Insurance Fund – Dobrich, Bulgarian Patients' Forum, non-governmental organizations were invited to participate in the workshops. A teleconference was carried out with the representative of the European Commission - Caroline Hager (DG Health and Consumers) who welcomed the participants in the workshop and thanked the Medical University of Varna for hosting the forum, emphasizing the responsible task to be carried out by the Bulgarian partner.

    The workshop is carried out under the auspice of the Rector of the Medical University of Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov who has been chosen to be a "Knowledge broker" in the European Commission project.

    The participants in the expert workshops will take part in the European Researchers' Night, organized by the Medical University of Varna on September 26th, 2014. Please be most welcome!

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