Andaluz Health Service looks for doctors with “reduced mental capacity”

The Junta de Andalucia has published an advert for 330 new doctors in Andalusia. Of these 330, 17 of them are reserved for people with a handicap of 33% or more. In essence, they are applying for doctors who have a recognised mental handicap such as autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

The move has been met with ridicule by doctor and nurses unions, who point out that the complicated examinations required to become a doctor usually rule out such people from qualifying, and that in reality it’s just a way for the Junta to pretend it’s hiring more doctors than it’s really prepared to.

The Junta, however, says that it’s required to keep a certain percentage of all jobs aside for handicapped people by law.

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