Union says one in four nurs­ing po­si­tions va­cant

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One in four nurs­ing po­si­tions in Greece’s na­tional health sys­tem is va­cant, lead­ing to some nurses hav­ing to care for more than 30 pa­tients on each shift, union­ists said yesterday.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fed­er­a­tion of Nurs­ing Staff Unions (PASONOP), Greece has a to­tal of 29,253 nurses in public healthcare when the sys­tem is de­signed for 39,452. This means only 74 per­cent of the po­si­tions are filled and the sys­tem is short of al­most 10,200 staff.

“Dur­ing my shift last night

I had to look af­ter 35 pa­tients from four dif­fer­ent clin­ics,” Yian­nis Kanavos, a nurse at the Me­taxa On­co­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal and PASONOP mem­ber, told Kathimerini. He also ar­gued that the of­fi­cial num­ber of nurses the health sys­tem is sup­posed to have is based on plans drawn up in 1986 and is in­suf­fi­cient for to­day’s chal­lenges.

PASONOP has pro­posed that the Health Min­istry change the way hos­pi­tals are staffed and make nurs­ing stud­ies com­pul­sory for those seek­ing jobs.

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