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70 pct of health care workers in Japan want to quit jobs

  • March 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:32 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 17 (Jiji Press)–Some 70 pct of health care workers in Japan want to quit their jobs, a survey by an umbrella organization of labor unions for local government workers showed Thursday.

 

The result reflects serious labor shortages in the medical field, according to the All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union, or Jichiro, which conducted the survey on the impact of the prolonged novel coronavirus pandemic on nurses and other staff at public hospitals.

 

“With the constant personal shortages and the need for infectious disease measures, the exhaustion of front-line staff is immeasurable,” Jichiro deputy head Mariko Aoki said, urging the government to allocate funds to secure enough health care workers.

 

The survey was conducted online between late November last year and late January this year, covering nurses, clinical laboratory technicians and clerical workers at medical institutions affiliated with Jichiro. Answers came from 7,724 people.

 

When asked if they want to quit their jobs, 36 pct of the respondents said they feel so “sometimes,” 21 pct said “often” and 12 pct said “always.” By contrast, 31 pct said they do not.

 

With multiple answers allowed, the most common reason for feeling like quitting was “too busy,” followed by “heavy work responsibilities” and “dissatisfaction with wages.”

 

The survey also showed that 23 pct of respondents experienced discrimination or prejudice because of their jobs.

 

“I’m avoided by people once they know that I work at a hospital accepting coronavirus patients,” one respondent said.

 

“Only my child attended lessons remotely at a cram school,” another respondent said.

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