The chair of the health committee, Edith Silman, called on the ministers of health, education and welfare to promote a multi-ministry program to address the shortage of thousands of women professionals in the field of child development. Today, the health committee will discuss the issue.
A report by a multi-ministerial team, headed by the Prime Minister's Office, shows that in 2020 there was a shortage of 2,570 occupational clinics, 2,189 communication clinicians and 1,974 physiotherapists. In 2025, the shortage is expected to increase.
Currently, public institutions in the health system, the education system and local authorities have difficulty providing the scope of treatment required.
Silman sent a letter to the ministers, asking for their support in advancing a government decision that would anchor the government outline to address labor gaps in the health professions.
"The government should allocate budgets that will enable it to address short-term gaps, while at the same time ordering the establishment of a government team that will formulate a plan to address the gaps in the long term," it said.
"I will seek their support for this proposal, and in particular the allocation of budgets for an immediate response, on behalf of each of the ministries, in order to produce a horizontal government response to the issue."
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