increase in demand for care In mental health the National Health System (SNS) believes that adequate levels of emphasis are being placed on characterizing the quality of this service. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), spain meets the three times lower ratio In relation to the number of mental health professionals per population neighboring country, In addition, behind these figures are regional differences due to variations in regional services. For this reason, the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health (Sepsum) has launched a Study that shows regional ratio of mental health professionals per population and thus arm yourself with arguments Claim more resources in areas of scarcity.
“At present there autonomous communities that are less-affluent and others that are super-affluent. Llanos Conesa, the secretary of Sepsum, claims that it aims to claim resources for the most vulnerable autonomous communities, considering it “obvious” that if the ratio is improved, those at risk will be reached.
“We can’t be at such a low ratio level that you have to Triage for a population so large that it takes a long time for a patient to be treated. There should be a ratio of mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers…) and the population that is fair enough to the patient is seen in a timely manner”, claims the expert.
To debate and justify the need to employ more mental health professionals, Cepsum has commissioned a study to ascertain the status of human resources for mental health care in each autonomous community. “We want to know for what purpose the mental health facilities of all the autonomous communities See how we are doing as there are many differences between regions”The Llanos explain where.
As the CESPAM secretary recalls, Spain’s proportion is very low compared to other European countries and the study seeks to conclude that a similar proportion can be reached. “Of course, Comparatively it is below many countries in Europe And there is a lot of inequality between communities. with study we want be able to claim matching resources from other European countries in relation to the provision of professionals based on the demand for their care”.
How many professionals per capita are there in Spain?
In Spain, for every 100,000 inhabitants there are close Six psychologists and 11 psychiatrists In Sn, according to 2018 data. Figures obtained by the Ombudsman after ex officio work to update those of 2009. The EU average at that time was around 38 from each specialty and 18 professionals, According to the latest data from the World Health Organisation.
The ombudsman at the time, Francisco Fernandez Marugan, analyzed the care proposal after requesting documentation on hospitals, primary care centers and specialized mental health centers throughout the state. Among his findings, he also noted that one of the The “main concerns” were that the number and proportion of professionals “have not changed”. significantly over a decade, and continues away from the rest of europe Like in 2009.
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