The Unemployment Insurance Fund has mapped its database and found 500 people who are willing, already basic and able to work in health care facilities with a shortage of staff.
Unemployment Insurance Fund communications expert Lauri Kool said, “The main concern of hospitals is that experienced nurses need help but are difficult to find. Some hospitals have brought experienced nurses to difficult patients and made work easier for younger people.”
“It can be seen that the problem is more acute in nursing homes,” added Kool. “The situation is particularly complicated because many workers are themselves isolated.”
The Unemployment Insurance Fund invites health care providers in need of assistance to speak to their local department to see if workers can be found. People who feel ready and able to work in healthcare are also welcome to get in touch.
In cooperation with the Vocational Training Centers Valga and Pärnu, it is planned to create a quick online course for carers.
Currently, the need for support varies greatly from region to region. The labor shortage is mainly in Tallinn and Harju Counties, Ida-Viru Counties and Tartu.
There have been multiple coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and an increase in the number of patients being hospitalized in recent weeks. Additional help is required in health and care facilities. In both sectors, however, there was a shortage of staff before the pandemic began, and this has now worsened.
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