Health workers want better working conditions


The study is based on data from around 600 health workers who completed their training in 2012. Keystone / Ennio Leanza

Health workers certified in Switzerland say their work is often not compatible with family life.

This content was published on October 27, 2021 – 12:26

They are also asking for more regular shift work and more flexible working conditions, according to a long-term study by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences published on Wednesday.

The researchers interviewed more than 600 people who have completed their professional training at a Swiss nursing school since 2012.

Nine in ten respondents said they intend to stay longer, but only if working conditions improve.

Many of them also said their salaries were too low.

The resultsExternal link largely confirm previous studies and come as proposals to improve working conditions in the sector are put to a national vote next month.

A popular initiative wants the government to improve training opportunities and working conditions for health workers in order to address the shortage of health workers.

Parliament recommends rejection of the initiative but approved a plan to invest 1 billion francs ($ 1.1 billion) over the next eight years in training and continuing education without imposing additional rules on conditions of work.

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