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Doctor shortage over in a decade

Published torsdag 3 november 2011 kl 11.23

Sweden's shortage of doctors may have an end in sight. The medical system has long been forced to rely on expensive consultant doctors but within ten years the staffing crisis should pass.

This is the assessment by regional authorities who are responsible for health care in Sweden.

At present, one in four doctors in Sweden is foreign born.

Too few spaces for medical students in Sweden has been partly to blame.

Universities have now expanded their programmes while many Swedish doctors educated abroad are returning home.

But as expensive consultants are phased out other costs are expected. Young doctors and those who have worked in other countries will require extensive training to acquaint themselves with the Swedish system.

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