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Global Crisis in Surgical and Anaesthesia Workforce

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has voiced serious concerns over the current crisis in the global surgical and anaesthesia workforce, which it says has left 5 billion people without access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgical care.

 

Global Crisis in Surgical and Anaesthesia Workforce

The Federation has officially launched an online resource tool mapping the total number of anaesthesia providers worldwide, based on a global workforce survey undertaken in 2015-2016.

The data highlights significant inequities in the average anaesthesia provider workforce densities in high income countries compared with low income countries. According to the organisation, there is a 35-fold difference between the anaesthesia provider workforce density in Germany compared with the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a 50-fold difference between the workforce density in the United States compared with Indonesia, despite comparable population sizes.

Dr Wayne Morriss, Director of Programmes at the WFSA, said the map shows that substantial investment in educating anaesthesia providers is required as soon as possible. “The WFSA is well placed to work with the WHO, its own member societies, other specialist medical organisations, governments, NGOs and country level health systems to correct the workforce gap and achieve safe anaesthesia for all by 2030,” he said.

 

Source: univadis

 

 

Global Crisis in Surgical and Anaesthesia Workforce

 
 
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