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Decree Law No. 46/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 143/2020, Series I of 2020-07-24
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 46/2020
  • Pages: 5 - 9

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law establishes a special regime for the hiring of medical personnel, for primary health care and for hospital health care.

What is going to change?

It is created a faster and more transitory regime for the hiring of medical personnel in the assistant category:

    • Of the special medical career, at the National Health Service (SNS), the Armed Forces Hospital (HFAR) and the National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Sciences (INMLCF);
    • Of the medical career of the corporate public entities integrated in the SNS.

Selection methods are established that reflect, in the procedure, relevant factors of the professional path of the practitioners to be recruited, adapting them to the needs of the SNS.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law promotes the fulfilment of the needs of the SNS and the reduction of inequalities between citizens in access to health, guaranteeing better health provision in the increase of internal response capacity.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 25 July 2020.

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