Study shows California hospitals may face shortage in allied professions

Along with generating green jobs, health experts say California also needs to take the lead in broadening the appeal of health science education. KPCC’s Patricia Nazario has more on a new study that reveals a serious potential personnel shortage for state hospitals.

The California Hospital Association’s Healthcare Workforce Coalition released the report to ask state lawmakers for a bigger slice of the state’s shrinking budget pie.

The data indicates that waves of retirements in the next five years threaten the foundation of key jobs in the health care field: respiratory therapists, pharmacy and radiological technicians.

California hospitals responded to survey questions during the first half of last year. Professors at UC San Francisco analyzed the data.

They expressed alarm at the prospect of shortages among clinical laboratory scientists. Those experts work at identifying toxins like anthrax and developing DNA analysis techniques.

The California Hospital Association’s president says patient access to care will suffer if colleges and universities don’t start now to attract and train students who can replace the health care workforce that plans to retire.

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