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Danish government seeks to attract doctors to the Faroes in bid to ”better coverage for the benefit of the islanders”

The recruitment and retention of doctors in the Faroe Islands has been a problem for many years. Now the Danish government wants to give young Faroese doctors an advantage when it comes to obtaining an educational place in the Faroes.

In a bid to provide better medical coverage for people living in the Faroe Islands, the Danish minister of health, Ellen Trane Nørby, has decided to establish a priority system for one of the cornerstone courses of a doctor’s training, reports CPH Post Online.

Because course space in the Faroes is limited, Faroese doctors have often had to leave the islands to take the KBU – a basic clinical training doctors take after they have finished their academic studies – and when they have it, they don’t usually return.

According to CPH Post Online, Nørby is setting up a special system that allows the application procedure for the 10 places per year available on the islands to be open 11 months earlier to applicants from the Faroes who speak and write the language.

The aim is to give young Faroese doctors an advantage when it comes to obtaining an educational place in the Faroes as the Danish government believes that retaining young Faroese doctors in the Faroe Islands will result in ”better coverage for the benefit of the islanders”.

The new initiative is expected to come into operation from March 2019.

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