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The Seimas decided on better conditions for resident doctors


2018 07 16


The Seimas adopted the projects submitted by the Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga proposing to improve the system of remuneration for doctor residents and to validate the stage competences. This means that the social guarantees of young doctors will improve, they will be able to provide more treatment services based on their level of preparation

It was approved that the support received by universities for all residents who are studying at public expense would become a part of remuneration paid to them. This means that they would receive higher social benefits in case of illness, parental leave. There would also be accumulated more resources for retirement pensions. Such a change would allow for more stable social guarantees for young doctors.

According to the Minister A. Veryga, nowadays young medical practitioners have very little opportunities to work directly with patients and to take the full responsibility not accompanied by the experienced doctors, often they only have to fill documents.

Young medical professionals want more opportunities and advance themselves in the professional field. In other words, at present, the right to provide specialized services is acquired by a young doctor only after the completion of residency, and during this period his independence is not recognized. And this is not right. After all, all still trained doctors need to be able to improve their skills, says Minister A. Veryga.

The essence of the model of successive compensations is that a resident physician gradually acquires the competencies of his chosen specialty and receives a certificate confirming this. This document is issued by gathering evidence that makes it possible to ascertain the resident's clinical skills and personal qualities that are necessary for the provision of appropriate healthcare services, thus maintaining a high quality of services. Step-by-step compensations would enable resident physicians to gradually assume responsibility for the application of the skills acquired. This will ensure a more consistent transition to an independent doctor's practice.

Validation of step-by-step (stage) competences in residency studies is an important change not only in the study of residency, but also in the organization of health care system. It would also contribute to reducing disparities in the provision of services (by granting resident physicians autonomy, these relevant services, which could be provided on a temporary basis (while studying in a residential area) in hospitals (resettlement bases) where the need for such professionals and related services is not satisfactory and allow rational use. Upon implementation of the proposed changes, modern physicians who meet the needs of the society and specialty standards would be developed to provide the highest quality services to their patients.


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