Bulgaria Faces Care Crisis over EU Nurse Drain
More than 1800 Bulgarian nurses leave Bulgaria each year and go to work in other EU countries, the Association of Health Specialists (AHS) reported Monday.
This AHS included the data in a letter to Bulgaria PM Boyko Borisov in which they also demanded a face-to-face meeting.
They added that other EU countries also have a nurse shortage but not to such a serious extent as in Bulgaria. In the rest of the EU the average number of nurses per 100 000 people is 745, while in Bulgaria the number is as low as 421. Moreover, the average age of nurses in Bulgaria is over 47, with nearly 11% of them being working pensioners.
The AHS Chair, Prof. Stanka Markova, explained that the country needs at least 35 000 more nurses to achieve at least a minimum EU standard. She concluded by saying that the problem is deepening fast.
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