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Luxembourg's medical shortage
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Luxembourg's medical shortage

14.03.2012 From our online archive
A medical organisation has warned that Luxembourg faces a severe shortage of doctors within the next eight years as many personnel will retire.

A medical organisation has warned that Luxembourg faces a severe shortage of doctors within the next eight years as many personnel will retire.

The Association of Medical Students (ALEM) warned that the full force of the shortage will be felt during the 2020s.

From then, the union said, it will be “impossible to reach the number of doctors that our people will really need.”

The findings were reported in a 70-page Medical Demography study by ALEM. There are currently some 2,000 general practitioners and specialists working in the Grand Duchy. Of that number, more than half are aged between 45 and 60 years old and 35% fall into the 45 to 55 year-old age bracket. ALEM warns that within the next ten to 20 years, most of these doctors will have retired.

Luxembourg's Green party has called for a joint meeting of the Health and Social Committee and the Committee for Higher Education and Research to discuss the evolution of the health sector and its personnel over the next 15 years.