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Capital: LisbonArea: 92 . 345 km2Population: 10 . 374 . 822Official Language: PortugueseArmed Forces Personnel: 30 . 088Medical Officers: 294Military hospitals / institutes / schools: 1 / /
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Surgeon General
Luis Jorge Almeida Duarte
Major General

Ministry of Defence
Direção-geral de Recursos da Defesa Nacional
Av. Ilha da Madeira, 1 – 4º piso
1400-204 Lisboa
PORTUGAL

Basic Task of the Military Medical Service

The Portuguese Military Health System’s mission is primarily to ensure medical support to the military forces, the maintenance and recovery of appropriate operational capacity to function in the national territory or by the Outstanding National Forces and also to ensure medical care for reservists and retired military and their families, including disabled military. Providing a crucial support system for the armed forces and an increasingly important component in scenarios of international conflict, has established, over the years, the need to create a new organization model that can meet the needs, current and future, of the Armed Forces, given the socio-economic context of Portugal, covering the whole of human, material, financial and hospital infrastructure. Despite the recognized centrality of Military Health issues, the complexity and sensitivity of the matter have led to a process of gradual and phased reform, which is about to be completed and whose greatest achievement is the creation of a single military hospital with two poles, one in Lisbon and the other in Oporto.

Structure

The new management model for the Military Health System is already poured into the legislation itself, especially in the new Organic Laws of the National Defence Ministry (where the Military Health Division is integrated) and of the Armed Forces General Staff (where was recently created the Military Health Directorate, to ensure support for the Chief of the General Staff’s decision within the military health as well as the direction and execution of hospital care provided by military health establishments, in particular by the Hospital of the Armed Forces.

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Number of Health Service Personnel

The majority of human resources for Health (doctors, nurses, senior health technicians, diagnostic and therapeutic senior technicians, medical action auxiliary personnel and first responders) is currently assigned to the Hospital of the Armed Forces, with the remainder staff scattered by other military health structures.



HOSPITAL
OTHER MILITARY HEALTH STRUCTURES
TOTAL
Human Resources
Military
Civilians
Civilians
Civilians
Military
Civilians
Physicians
132
91
117
56
249
147
Dentists
11
3
13
1
24
4
Health   Technicians
18
12
15
112
33
24
Nurses
119
79
183

302
79
Diagnosis   and Therapy Technicians


51


61


13


8


64


69
TOTAL
331
246
341
77
672
323

Source: Statistical Yearbook of Portuguese National Defence – 2014


Training

Education, Training and Research in Military Health Unit
This unit will substitute the current School of Military Health Service and it will be responsible for training and postgraduate education within the Military Health as well as the coordination of clinical research studies in this area. In this unit will be integrated the Biomedical Simulation Centre for education, training and evaluation using simulated practices in artificial models or animals, applied to hospital medicine and operational medicine, to support the armed forces in training for emergency.

Field Deployments

The Portuguese Armed Forces develop several activities, with the participation of Military Health personnel and equipment, in the various fields of international cooperation, namely: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the International Committee on Military Medicine (ICMM), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPSC) or partner countries in the bilateral cooperation context (Angola, Brazil, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and others).

During 2015, till July, the Portuguese Armed Forces had 703 military engaged in peacekeeping operations outside the national territory, including staff of the military health care whenever necessary.

PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Organization
Military
EU
119
NATO
548
UN
4
INTERNATIONAL COALITION
32
TOTAL
703