SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 6 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Canarian Society of Pediatrics in Tenerife joins this Wednesday in the warning of all pediatricians in Spain that pediatric care on the islands “is at serious risk” due to the lack of specialists in this medical discipline in the Canary Islands.
To avoid this “health disaster”, the society points out in a statement, it has prepared a manifesto in which it claims to accredit the specific pediatric training areas, redirect the saturation of Primary Care consultations and standardize the training of pediatricians at a European level and between autonomous communities.
The president of the Tenerife society, Luis Ortigosa, maintains that accrediting the specific pediatric training areas is an “essential step” to ensure quality in the training of paediatricians, to be able to select the best prepared professionals and guarantee equitable health provision in the entire national territory.
It also proposes a training itinerary for the Primary Care paediatrician “that gives him the role and function that his task deserves within the MIR training program in Paediatrics” and adopt the necessary measures to attract Paediatrics professionals to Primary Care centers.
Ortigosa also plans to work collaboratively on a map that estimates the different needs of pediatric specialists in order to plan future needs for specialized human resources in specific pediatric training areas.
It also urges the recognition of the Specific Training Areas (ACE) of Pediatrics so that specialists can work under equal conditions with respect to their European colleagues, and under equal conditions in the different autonomous communities.
“It is increasingly common for the child and adolescent population to be treated in health centers by doctors who are not specialists in Pediatrics, such as General Medicine doctors or Family and Community Medicine doctors, with excellent training in caring for the population. adult, but without experience or specific training to deal with the health problems and illnesses of children and adolescents, it is an issue that we have been denouncing for years, but it remains unresolved”, he concludes.