70% of healthcare workers in Japan want to quit their jobs

Some 70% of healthcare workers in Japan want to leave their jobs, a survey by an umbrella organization of local government workers’ unions revealed on Thursday.

The result reflects severe labor shortages in the medical field, according to the All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union, or Jichiro, which led the survey into the impact of the protracted COVID-19 pandemic on nurses and other staff in public hospitals.

“With ongoing staff shortages and the need for infectious disease measures, the burnout of frontline staff is immeasurable,” Jichiro deputy chief Mariko Aoki said, urging the central government to allocate funds to help. secure more healthcare workers.

The survey was conducted online between late November last year and late January this year, covering nurses, clinical laboratory technicians and office workers at Jichiro-affiliated medical institutions. A total of 7,724 people responded to the survey.

When asked if they wanted to quit their job, 36% of respondents said they felt that way “sometimes”, 21% said “often” and 12% said “always”. In contrast, only 31% said they did not.

With multiple answers allowed, the most common reason for wanting to quit was “too busy,” followed by “heavy job responsibilities” and “dissatisfaction with pay.”

The survey also showed that 23% of respondents experienced discrimination or prejudice because of their work.

“I get shunned by people once they find out I work in a hospital that is accepting coronavirus patients,” one respondent said.

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