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Morocco lacks 32,387 doctors

The need for doctors is 12,000 in the public sector. The Ministry of Health will only recruit 4,000 people in 2020, including nurses and administrative staff. The deficit in terms of infrastructure and equipment is also slowly being absorbed.

With 1.65 medical staff per 1,000 population (against a required minimum of 4.45), Morocco has a deficit of 97,161 in the health sector, including 32,387 physicians and 64,774 nurses and technicians.

Of this overall deficit, the public sector needs 62,000 people, including 12,000 doctors and 50,000 nurses and technicians.

This is the result of the presentation of the Minister of Public Health, Khalid Ait Taleb, made before the members of the Commission of the social sectors in early November 2019, on the occasion of the presentation of sectoral budgets for 2020.

To alleviate this deficit, the ministry plans to recruit 4,000 executives, including nurses and administrative staff. Insignificant, given the magnitude of the needs, but that’s all the budget 2020 allows.

In parallel, the minister says he wants to encourage contracting with doctors in the liberal sector as well as openness to foreign skills and expertise by allowing them to invest and work in the Moroccan health system.

It also aims to move towards regional management of human resources.

As a reminder, at the end of 2018, Morocco had 23,374 physicians, a ratio of 7.1 per 10,000 inhabitants.

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