Italy Lost 10,000 Doctors to Emigration in Just 10 years, Report
The data was released by the European Union and research foundations Eurispes and Enpam
Over ten thousand Italian doctors along with d eight thousand nurses fled Italy to work abroad between the years 2005 and 2015, according to Italian news outlets reports.
Estimates also suggest that matters will get worse before they get better, according to ANSA.
The worrying data was released by the European Union and comes from a report by the research foundations Eurispes and Enpam.
Italian medical graduates found Britain the most attractive destination, favored by 33% of medics.
That was followed by Switzerland, the chosen destination of 26% of Italian doctors.
Most of those emigrating were aged between 28 and 39 years.
Veneto was reported to be the region which saw the highest number of departures.
According to Local Italy: It costs the Italian state an estimated 150,000 euros to train one doctor, according to Massimo Tortorella, the president of the organization Consulcesi, which assists Italian doctors with their medical training in the UK.
Tortorella said working abroad offers Italians better opportunities than staying put.
“Here [in Britain] the profession is more meritocratic, the career prospects are better, and salaries are much higher,” he told reporters.
“Italy works hard to train excellent health workers, spending huge sums of money, and then gifts this asset to other countries,” he added.
A previous study released by the Italian medical union Anaao Assumed on January 7 warned that if the trend continues at its current rate, Italy will be short 16,500 medical specialists, including emergency physicians, pediatricians, internists, orthopaedists, and psychiatrists, by 2025.
According to a report from Breitbart: Italy will also suffer economically since medical training costs the Italian state 150 thousand euros for each doctor.
The number one Italian region for medical emigration is Veneto, whose governor Luca Zaia has called for urgent action to retain doctors.
Mr. Zaia blames the exodus on numerical restrictions at universities, a lack of specialized scholarships, the lack of access to hospitals for young postgraduates, and underpayment for medical professionals.
Massimo Tortorella, the president of Consulcesi, which helps Italian doctors with their medical training in the UK, said that working abroad offers Italian doctors better opportunities than staying in Italy.
In the UK, “the profession is more meritocratic, the career prospects are better, and salaries are much higher,” Tortorella said.
“Italy works hard to train excellent health workers, spending huge sums of money, and then gives this asset to other countries,” he said.