Union underlines stark warning from latest staffing estimates

Austria

The GPA trade union is calling for urgent action on pay and conditions in health and care to deal with major anticipated shortages of nursing staff. A recent report by Health Austria says that there will be a shortfall of 200,000 nurses by 2050. The union underlines that better working conditions have to be part of the solution rather than look to recruit from third countries. GPA says that nurses are stretched to their limits with day-to-day care characterized by overtime, constant standing in for absent staff and a bureaucracy that leaves hardly any time for caring. These conditions lead to high staff turnover and a steady loss of skilled workers. The union wants to see more training places to boost the numbers coming into the profession and better working conditions to ensure that experienced nurses remain in the profession.

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