California hospitals say they may face a shortage of healthcare workers across specialties in the next five years because of an aging workforce.
Calif. hospitals face worker shortage: survey
Respiratory therapists, physical therapists, radiological technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and diagnostic imaging workers will be in high demand in the coming years because of looming retirements, according to a survey by the California Hospital Association, with data analyzed by the University of California San Francisco Center for the Health Professions.
The online survey of 125 hospitals across the state conducted in the first half of 2010 indicates that schools aren’t graduating enough trained health professionals to replace aging workers. Nearly 850 clinical laboratory scientists will be eligible for retirement by 2015, but only about 125 of qualified applicants enter the workforce in California each year, for instance.
“It’s clear from this survey that retirements within the allied health occupations will have a serious impact on access to care for patients if long-term strategies for replacing these workers are not developed and implemented,” said C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the association, in a statement.
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