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Iran's Overworked Nurses Face Exhaustion and Even Death

May 13, 2024
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Iran's healthcare system is facing a dire crisis as overworked and underpaid nurses grapple with exhaustion, despair, and a lack of support
Iran's healthcare system is facing a dire crisis as overworked and underpaid nurses grapple with exhaustion, despair, and a lack of support

Iran's healthcare system is facing a dire crisis as overworked and underpaid nurses grapple with exhaustion, despair, and a lack of support. 

This critical situation has been linked to several recent deaths attributed to "Karoshi," a Japanese term for death by overwork.

At least three nurses have reportedly died in their sleep in the past month, raising concerns about the intense pressure healthcare workers face. 

Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam, Secretary General of the Nursing Union, blames the "inappropriate conditions" in Iranian hospitals, which result in a workforce that is "tired, unmotivated, and worn out."

Iranian nurses are protesting a lack of adequate workforce, leading to double shifts and extreme fatigue.

Their low wages are insufficient to cover living expenses and add to the financial burden. 

This problem also extends to medical residents, who face the challenge of being underpaid while having a high workload.

The high cost of living in major cities like Tehran further exacerbates their financial woes, pushing some to the brink of despair.

An apparent lack of action from the Ministry of Health regarding these existing issues is compounding the crisis.

Doctors reportedly fear repercussions for seeking mental health support, hindering efforts to address the underlying issues. 

Furthermore, the exact number of suicides among medical professionals remains unknown, highlighting a lack of transparency from officials.

The World Bank reports a severe shortage of nurses in Iran, with only two per thousand people.

This deficit is compounded by the mass migration of nurses seeking better working conditions and pay. 

The Nursing Union reported 3,000 nurses leaving Iran annually, potentially leading to patient deaths due to a lack of staff. 

Due to the financial motivation behind their leaving, these nurses are unlikely to come back. This jeopardizes the long-term sustainability of the healthcare system.

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