The Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, has chaired the Plenary Session of the Human Resources Commission of the National Health System (SNS), in which it has been agreed to increase the offer of specialized health training places by 13.5% for the next call (2019/2020) to 9,539 places.

The offer of specialized health training places carried out by the 17 autonomous communities, the Institute of Health Management (INGESA), the Ministry of Defence and the Carlos III Health Institute It has 1,137 places more than in the last call. Of the 9,539 places of all degrees, 668 are reserved for people with disabilities.

The offer of MIR places will amount to 7,512. They are 715 more than the previous call, which represents an increase of 10.5%.

The specialty with a greater offer is Family and Community Medicine, with 2,205 places (1,914 in the previous call, 15% more), followed by Pediatrics with 481 (433), Anesthesiology and Resuscitation with 382 (344), Internal Medicine with 353 (334), Obstetrics and Gynecology with 269 (266), General and Digestive System Surgery with 210 (198) and Cardiology with 179 (168).

In nursing, the offer is 1,463 places, 34% more than the 1,092 of the previous call. By specialties, the largest number of places is for Family and Community Nursing with 521 (compared to 339 last year, 53% more). Behind is Obstetric-Gynecological Nursing with 401 places (379) and Pediatric Nursing with 188 (133)

Regarding the rest of the degrees, there are 51 places for the field of biology (compared to 49 in the last call), 271 for pharmacists (267), 189 for psychologists (141), 15 for the field of chemistry (22) and 38 for physics (34).

All the autonomous communities have increased their offer of specialized health training places. The autonomies that have registered a greater increase are Balearic Islands (39.5%), Navarra (31.5%), Extremadura (27.7%), Castilla y León (26.9%) and Aragón (22.1% ).

New accreditations

From December 2018 to July 2019, 1,508 new places have been accredited for specialized health training, which represents 15.7% more compared to the 2018/19 call.

Extremadura (39.2%), Balearic Islands (38.4%), Navarra (24.9%), Cantabria (20.6%) and Andalusia (19.2%), are the autonomies that have increased their accreditation the most of places.
In nursing specialties it is where there has been the largest increase in accredited places compared to last year. This is the case of geriatric nursing (195.8%), work nursing (100%), family and community nursing (69.1%) and pediatric nursing (43.5%). Other specialties that significantly increase its offer are clinical psychology (30.1%) and geriatrics (25%).

New exam

Another aspect addressed in the Plenum of the HR Commission has been the order to call the ESF positions and the new features that it incorporates.
Among the highlights is the reduction in the number of questions and the time of the exam. This year the test will last four hours, instead of five, and 175 questions will have to be answered instead of the 225 plus 10 of the previous years.

It is intended that the largest number of applicants can make the electronic application for the exam for which this procedure has been expedited and facilitated. Applications can also be submitted on paper, but they must always be filled out by computer means, so that the submission of hand-filled forms will not be accepted.

In addition, all publications will be electronic, so the physical display of the listings will be eliminated and the total exemption of the payment of the fee of examination fees to members of large families, regardless of category, general or special, will be introduced.

Project of Royal Decree of Specialties in Health Sciences and ACE

The meeting also addressed the draft of the royal decree regulating the common training of specialties in health sciences, developing specific training areas and regulating the procedure for creating specialist titles in Health Sciences.

This rule regulates the general legal regime and the administrative procedure for the creation of a specific training area.

This will ensure that the training in specific training areas is homogeneous, whatever the teaching unit and health service that imparts them.

In addition, the RD regulates the procedure for the creation and review, and if necessary deletion, of the titles of specialist in health sciences. The creation of these titles must respond, fundamentally, to criteria for increasing the population's demand for assistance or the evolution of scientific knowledge and techniques. Consequently, by creating a specific procedure it is intended to determine the criteria that any area of ​​knowledge must meet in order to be recognized as a specialty in health sciences.

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