29 May 2018

In the capital's polyclinics, the powers of employees with secondary medical education who will work in a team with general practitioners will be expanded. This was reported to the correspondent of the "Minsk-News" agency by the first deputy chairman of the Health Committee of the Minsk City Executive Committee Dzmitry Charadnichenka.

"In particular, a program has been developed to upgrade the skills of nurses to identify non-infectious disease risk factors and to give recommendations to patients on their prevention and elimination," Charadnichenka noted. “In addition, the medical staff that will work together with a general practitioner will undergo special training, after which their powers will expand.”

Dz. Charadnichenka said that the district medical service in Minsk is actively moving to work on the principle of a general practitioner. In the team of a general practitioner, there are three specialists: the doctor himself, the assistant doctor and the nurse. After completing the training, the nurse will be able, for example, to perform screening tests to determine the level of glucose in the blood, to record ECG (electrocardiogram), and so on.

Earlier, the head of the Personnel Policy Department at the educational institutions of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, Volha Marshalka, said that in our country the primary link of the healthcare system is being transferred to work on the principle of a general practitioner.

“Until 2020, the entire district service will switch to the principles of general practitioners. Patients will be examined with a team: a doctor, a doctor's assistant, and a nurse," V. Marshalka explained. “About 800 such teams are already work in Belarus, most of them are in the Minsk and Mahilioŭ regions.”

For information, a general practitioner is a specialist who has basic skills in otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, surgery and other areas.

“Having been at a reception with a general practitioner, the patient will not have to walk around narrow specialists. He will receive assistance on a "here and now" basis in one office. This is a world trend,” V. Marshalka believes. “The direction to the doctors of a narrow profile will also be given by a general practitioner.”

Let us remind you that the ongoing changes in the Belarusian healthcare system are supported by the World Bank. Together with it, the Ministry of Health implements a project that provides for changes in the system of medical workers training. Thus, the opening of simulation centers and laboratories is planned in the specialized educational institutions (where future doctors and nurses will be able to practice skills on mannequins). Participants in the project are the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (BelMAPE), medical universities and colleges.