7M more healthcare workers needed to meet world demand

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In order to meet demand for essential health services, the world needs at least 7.2 million more nurses, midwives and doctors, according to a new report by the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Health Organization, presented at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health.

The report’s executive summary presents three questions it says should serve as guidelines for those in the healthcare industry with decision-making power:

  • What health workforce is required to ensure effective coverage of an agreed package of healthcare benefits?

  • What health workforce is required to progressively expand coverage over time?

  • How does a country produce, deploy and sustain a health workforce that is both fit for purpose and fit to practice in support of universal health coverage?

Source: Fierce Healthcare (link opens in a new window)

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