University medical schools have warned that Thailand faces a shortage of specialist doctors if the government does not step in to help plug holes in the budgets for residency programmes.
The schools say a rising number of people accessing universal healthcare schemes has strained university hospital budgets, which fund the residency training programmes, and they need government assistance to keep them going.
The residencies are essential to producing medical specialists, Thanya Subhadrabandhu, deputy dean of the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital under Mahidol University, said. He said the residency programmes produce around 2,080 specialists nationwide each year.
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