Finding enough health professionals for the future

According to the latest WHO/Europe core health indicators for 2015, the number of physicians and nurses in the Region may not be sufficient to cover the future health needs of an ageing population, despite an increase of around 10% in the past 10 years. The report “Core health indicators in the WHO European Region 2015, special focus: human resources for health” also points out that physicians in Europe are getting older: almost every third physician is over 55 years old. In addition, the skills-mix of health professionals needs to change: for example, the proportion of general practitioners (GPs) among all physicians should be increased.

For more information about the report, on the euro.who.int website