This message was sent by Antonio costa at the closing of the opening ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University of Portugal, on the Sintra campus, in Rio de Mouro, after an allusion to the long bureaucratic process until this private course is authorized in the country.
According to António Costa, in the long process of authorization of the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University, “the biggest lesson to be learned is the maximum scientific demand, but the zero capacity of the blockade of companies”.
Therefore, underlined the Prime Minister, the effort to train more doctors in Portugal “will continue”.
“And it is with great satisfaction that I see this ability of the Catholic University to overcome state bureaucracy and corporate powers, even by involving other institutions in the fields of science. [Gulbenkian] and clinic [Grupo Luz Saúde]. Certainly, this is a great lesson that we must all learn, because, by uniting our efforts and finding solutions to problems, there is nothing that cannot be overcome, ”he said.
With Cardinal Patriarch Manuel Clemente listening to his words, the Prime Minister left a brief humorous note in his speech: “For those who have the privilege of faith, it will be even easier to overcome difficulties than those who do not. not, they have that privilege and must be contained within what is the limited capacity of their human beings, ”he said.
In his speech, the Prime Minister began by noting that the new college will open “at a particularly important time” in terms of public health, the country still being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and considered as a remedy for “more great deficit “. structural ”of the country is that of qualifications.
In the field of medicine, despite the increase in the number of doctors trained from 1995 to the present day, there is still a strong demand for medical training.
“This effort cannot stop and, on the contrary, it can only place greater demands on us so that we can continue. It is not worth discussing whether we have too many doctors or if we have too few, because one thing is certain: there is a demand for medical education greater than what is offered, ”said António Costa.
Still according to the Prime Minister, in addition to registering a request for 600 candidates for 50 vacant positions, “we feel every day, whether in the public sector or in the private sector, the lack of human resources in medicine”.
“This means that we need more doctors and that there are young people who want to be trained in medicine,” he stressed.
In this context, António Costa congratulated the Portuguese Catholic University for having “overcome obstacles, guaranteeing the ability to have a quality education and meeting scientific requirements”.
“Without sacrificing scientific requirements, we must continue this effort to increase higher education in general and also the number of doctors trained in Portugal,” he added.