Health union highlights staff shortages

Czech Republic

The OSZSP health and social care union has cited official statistics showing a shortage of 3000 nurses across the country to underline its longstanding message that urgent action is needed to recruit and retain health workers. The union further warns that on current trends and without action the shortage could rise to 13000 in five years’ time. The union makes clear that excessive workloads and long hours are key factors in deterring young people from joining health professions and that the government’s proposal to increase overtime limits will only add to the problem, while threatening the health and safety of workers and the quality of services. The OSZSP joined with the doctors’ trade union in making its case against the overtime change to the Senate committees on health and social policy.

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