Switzerland - Worsening working conditions in health care sector - September 30, 2017

Healthcare workers are being overburdened with work. Staff are facing burnout, and absenteeism has risen to 10%. The situation is particularly terrifying at the Geneva University Hospitals, HUG, which operates 8 hospitals in the Canton of Geneva and also runs 40 outpatient clinics. A 10-hour working day was recently introduced, a step that was much criticised by the trade unions. The 2012 Health Insurance Act entrenches the commercialisation and outsourcing of healthcare delivery, leading to the depletion of resources available for running public healthcare delivery and consequently undermining the quality of health services.

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