The General Secretary of the Iranian Nursing Organization said that there were 20,000 unemployed Iranian nurses in the country, even though hospitals faced a severe shortage of nurses.
This is while, Eghtesad Online state-run website quoted the Deputy Minister of Nursing at the Ministry of Health last spring as saying that according to international standards, Iran lacked around 120,000 to 150,000 nurses.
Deputy Minister Maryam Hazrati also said that there were 30,000 unemployed Iranian nurses and that during the spring of 2018, 130 nurses immigrated to Australia in just one month.
The head of the Iranian Nursing Organization said that Iran was among “backward countries” when it came to the number of nurses working in Iranian hospitals.
“The number of working nurses is even lower than Iraq’s,” Sharifi Moqadam told the state-run Fars News Agency.
In January, the ILNA state-run news agency reported the death of a 24-year-old nurse identified as Saied Alian who died due to excessive work pressure. The news agency added that 20 other nurses had died in the span of three years due to work pressure.
Iranian nurses are under 10 times more work pressure than their European counterparts. In Iran, there is one nurse for every bed in a hospital. This is while in Europe, there are 10 nurses for every hospital bed.
According to official stats, 150,000 to 180,000 educated Iranians emigrate from Iran annually. This means that everyday 400-500 specialists and elites leave Iran.
In the past year, hospital staff and nurses held dozens of gatherings namely at the Khomeini Hospital in Karaj in protest to their low salaries or unpaid salaries.
According to the ISNA state run news agency, the Karaj Khomeini Hospital has faced financial problems due to mismanagement and has not been able to pay its employees for close to a year. The 250 bed hospital which is said to have a 100 billion toman debt is one of the most equipped angiography hospitals in Iran. Reports indicate that the equipment is now left unused.