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Ongoing Doctor Shortage In The Lone Star State, Call For TEA To Intervene In Houston Schools, And Heavy Rain Expected In Southeast Texas This Week

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Monday, September 16, 2019

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Newly-minted doctors recited the Hippocratic oath during a ceremony held on June 28, 2019, at the University of Houston.

Ongoing Doctor Shortage In The Lone Star State

Demand for doctors, nurses and dentists continues to outpace supply in Texas, according to the latest medical workforce projections from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The projections show demand outpacing supply in nearly every field for the foreseeable future.

Currently, the agency estimates the number of physicians practicing full-time in Texas falls short of demand by 11%. That number is expected to grow to 14% over the next 10 years.

Workforce deficits are worst in the psychiatric and obstetrics and gynecology specialties, with unmet demand in 2019 sitting at 32% and 21%, respectively. In both categories, the rate of unmet demand is expected to remain the same through 2030.

Pediatric doctors are the only group expected to eventually become more available than demanded in Texas.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath speaks at the State of Education Luncheon, hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

Call For TEA To Intervene in Houston Schools

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited Houston Monday and called for Texas schools to deliver more fully on the promise of public education, but he didn’t talk about a state takeover of Houston schools.

Morath is widely expected to remove Houston’s elected school board this academic year because of either academic or governance issues. However, he didn’t reveal details about that decision when he addressed hundreds of business and education leaders at an event hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

That didn’t stop local business leaders from saying what they want to see happen. “We think the Houston Independent School District’s board’s long-term failure to consistently support all of our schools, all of our kids warrants new leadership at HISD,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Harvey urged others to stay involved in public education, in particular to vote in the upcoming HISD board elections and to recruit qualified candidates if the state installs a board of managers to govern Houston schools.

Heavy Rain Expected In Southeast Texas This Week

A weather disturbance is forming in the western Gulf of Mexico that could bring heavy rain to Southeast Texas between Tuesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Nikki Hathaway, a meteorologist with the NWS’ Houston-Galveston Office, said the system will bring tropical moisture that will spread from the south to the north across Southeast Texas.

Hathaway said to expect showers and thunderstorms. “Some locally heavy rains will be possible at times, so right now we are telling people to keep an eye on the forecast as we move into the middle part of the week,” she said.

The NWS forecasts there could be widespread rainfall levels of two to six inches, with isolated higher rainfall of between 10 to 15 inches, and the possibility of some localized flash flooding.

Hathaway said the rainy weather should taper off on Thursday into Friday.

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