Parliamentarians demand legal measures to prevent Moroccan doctors from emigrating abroad

The problem of shortages in health frameworks, especially medical, in public hospitals, dominated the interventions of the parliamentarians of the majority and the opposition in the discussion session of the sub-budget of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in the Chamber of Deputies. Remote areas.

The head of the pro-independence team in the House of Representatives, Noureddine Median, expressed his rejection of the continuation of the migration of Moroccan doctors abroad, considering that this phenomenon requires a revision of the law to restrict it.

Addressing the Minister of Health, Median said: “The right to health is a constitutional right for all Moroccans, but unfortunately we complain about the lack of human resources in hospitals, especially doctors, despite the fact that medical schools graduate a significant number of physicians. every year, but they prefer to emigrate abroad instead of working within the country, do we train them to export them?

Official data issued by the government puts the number of Moroccan immigrant doctors at between 10,000 and 14,000, most of whom are stationed in Europe, especially France, which has some 6,600 Moroccan doctors.

Madian highlighted the salary increase approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection for the benefit of doctors, but pointed out that doctors who do not migrate prefer to work in the private sector, considering that “the current salaries that are granted to doctors in the sector public are insufficient. , and it must be doubled, because the doctor will not prefer to expatriate.” If you find at least half the salary you earn in other countries.”

In the same context, the socialist group suggested thinking about implementing the principle of civil service as a mechanism to counteract the refusal of doctors to work in remote areas, proposing to force them to work for a certain period in remote areas before moving to the ” axis of luck”, in reference to the main cities.

The same team called for additional economic incentives to be allocated to doctors who work in the public sector, appropriate to the difficult conditions in which they work, as well as cooperation with other sectors, such as groups, to provide conditions that guarantee better health conditions. life. for doctors and their families, such as schools and others.

For its part, the Kinetic team warned about the negative repercussions of the continued migration of health professionals abroad, citing data included in a report by the National Human Rights Council on the bleeding of doctors, which indicated that two thirds of doctors and pharmacy graduates emigrated and the remaining two-thirds dreamed of emigrating.

The same speaker asked: “How will the terrible shortage of health frameworks be remedied in the face of the concentration of health services in specific areas, and at a time when the government promised to provide a doctor for each family, while citizens did not find a doctor for each town?

For his part, Mustafa Ibrahimi, from the Justice and Development Group, said that a series of measures taken by the Ministry of Health to correct the great deficiencies registered in the health frameworks did not bear the desired results.

The same spokesman referred to the measure aimed at attracting foreign doctors, pointing out that the number of doctors who have come to Morocco has so far not exceeded 120, “and that means that Morocco does not attract foreign doctors, given its preference for go to other countries that provide them with adequate salaries and various social services”, and goes on to say that the government will not be able to provide treatment to 22 million citizens, who will be covered by health coverage within the social protection workshops of 5,500 doctors. who are expected to graduate each year.