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Who will take care of us in hospitals? Don't count on nurses...

MedExpress Team

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Published July 27, 2023 12:04

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There is a phenomenon of "disappearing nurses"

Poland may run out of nurses by 2030, the OZPiP alarms. Tomorrow is an important day for Polish nurses and midwives, as the Sejm will vote on a civic bill submitted after the May 23 protest.

There are already too few nurses and midwives working in public health care. In Poland, there are only 5 nurses per 1,000 inhabitants, while in the European Union there are as many as 9, and in Switzerland even 16. Polish nurses and midwives are also the oldest group among the medical profession. Their average age is 54. So we are dealing with the phenomenon of "disappearing nurses," just at the moment when the aging baby-boomer population needs them so badly. The problem is that young people do not want to join the profession. Among the culprits are unequal pay conditions and a lack of strategy to develop the profession.

Poland may run out of nurses by 2030

There are already too few nurses and midwives working in public health care. In Poland, there are only 5 nurses per 1,000 inhabitants, while in the European Union there are as many as 9, and in Switzerland even 16. Polish nurses and midwives are also the oldest group among the medical profession. Their averag...

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