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Association: 10,000 nurses registered in Latvia do not work in their profession

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOut of 18,700 nurses registered in Latvia, only 8,750 of them work in healthcare, said the head of Latvian Nurses Association Dita Raiska in her interview to Rīta panorama.

Those nurses have decided to work in the beauty industry or other industries offer better pay, said Raiska.

Increasing wages would motivate nurses to return to their profession, the head of the association says. Nurses have expressed readiness to come back as well, Raiska adds.

She told the programme that the association would like wages of nurses to grow to EUR 1,000 after taxes by 2020. Current wages of nurses in Latvia is EUR 769; EUR 418 at the least, Raiska said. In Lithuania wages of nurses reach EUR 740 and EUR 1,000 in Estonia.

‘This situation has been very topical in the past decade. The current situation, however, is critical. The number of nurses in Latvia continues to decline,’ Raiska said.

Latvian Nurses Association would support the initiative to divert social fees in favour of healthcare if nurses benefit from it, the representative said.

She adds that a meeting is planned to take place with representatives of the State President’s Office on 16 May to discuss the situation.

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