Ordem estimates it is necessary to hire 700 professionals for health centers and to double resources in hospitals.
There is a lack of nutritionists in the National Health Service (SNS) and there are family doctors who do not refer patients to nutrition consultations due to the shortage of professionals. In the health centers, where just over a hundred nutritionists are allocated, around 700 more are needed to meet the needs of users. This is seven times more professionals than the existing ones. Also in hospitals, there is a shortage of nutritionists.
The calculations were made by the Order of Nutritionists and are included in a study on the integration of professionals in the SNS, whose results will be presented today, within the scope of World Health Day.