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Kozak says to cut number of higher medical education institutions

November 11, 2011, 18:10 UTC+3

The Russian government allocated 618 billion roubles for the modernization of the health care system in Russia in 2011-2012

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ST. PETERSBURG, November 11 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak offered to restructure the medical education system in Russia, because this system is not quite efficient and does not provide the medical industry with personnel fully.

Kozak put forward the idea of restructuring at a working meeting devoted to a higher efficiency of medical aid in St. Petersburg on Friday. St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko also participated in the meeting.

Kozak noted that too many universities educate doctors now, but far from all graduates work in their speciality. For instance, only 30% of graduates go to work in the medical industry in St. Petersburg, the Health Care Committee said. The restructuring can increase the prestige of the profession, their remuneration level and the quality of their education, the deputy prime minister said.

He visited the outpatient clinic number 120 in the Krasnogvardeisky district together with the governor, was speaking with doctors and patients and made sure that there are long queues for the medical consultations.

The medical aid quality will be improved thanks to higher salaries to medical workers and a sweeping introduction of information technologies, which will make the appointment for medical consultations easier and to cut the time, which the doctor spends for filling the medical records. The outpatient clinics are also planned to repair, increasing their admission rate.

The Russian government allocated 618 billion roubles for the modernization of the health care system in Russia in 2011-2012, including 14.8 billion roubles for the health care in St. Petersburg, the press service of the St. Petersburg government press service told Itar-Tass.

The quality of St. Petersburg medical services improves, but some problems remain unsettled over the need for a broader space of medical institutions, a higher quality of medical personnel training. “There are some problems and we will solve them,” the governor pledged.


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