Every fourth doctor surveyed wants to leave medicine due to overwork

Health workers are chronically overworked, once again confirmed by a survey of the Aktion Medicine service together with the social network Doctors.rf. Its results were recounted by Kommersant.

The questions were answered by 2113 respondents, of which 73% were doctors, 25% were representatives of nursing staff, 1% were chief physicians and their deputies, and 1% were employees of clinical diagnostic laboratories. At the same time, 43% of respondents work in clinics, 42% in hospitals, 81% are representatives of state medicine, 12% combine work in public and private clinics, and 7% work in private clinics.

Doctors were asked whether it was customary in their organization to work more than one position. 33% of doctors and 38% of nurses responded that more than 75% of their colleagues work this way in their institutions. The main reasons for this decision were an attempt to increase income (38%) and a shortage of medical personnel (37%).

Doctors also note that they have to stay late at work to complete paperwork. 24% of doctors have up to 20 hours of overtime per month, 19.4% have from 20 to 40 hours, 12.8% have from 40 to 60 hours, and 25.3% have more than 60 hours. Among nursing staff, 18.8% of respondents overwork up to 20 hours a month, 15.7% reported overwork from 20 to 40 hours, 14% from 40 to 60 hours, 31.1% work 60 hours more.

Three out of four doctors surveyed (78%) responded that they were tired of overwork, while 51% would like to work less, and 26% want to leave medicine altogether (among them, 16% are young specialists under 35 years old). More than others, therapists (28.3%) and anesthesiologists-resuscitators (28.7%) want to change their profession due to overwork.

Head of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection agreed with the results of the study and cited data from last year’s survey – then 6.5 thousand medical workers were surveyed for the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation. It turned out that approximately 35% of respondents work at one rate, and the rest work at two or three rates. “It is not surprising that in such a situation, 84% of specialists talk about professional burnout, and some leave the profession,” Bashankaev noted.

The Ministry of Health did not agree with the figures. According to department statistics, the part-time ratio for doctors is 1.3, for paramedical personnel – 1.2, and “overtime not provided for by the Labor Code of the Russian Federation is not allowed.”

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