Seville needs more than 6,000 nurses to match the European average

Lack of nurses in Seville. It is not new. But the years pass and the deficit is perpetuated. The ratio of these professionals in the province is increasingly far from the European average and the number of personnel needed to reach it now exceeds 6,000. The reasons? The best working conditions offered in other autonomous communities and that is causing a mass flight of these professionals from Andalusia to the rest of Spain and the European continent.

In the province of Seville, a total of 9,944 nursesa figure that represents a ratio of 507 professionals per hundred thousand inhabitantsthat is, an average of 320 fewer nurses per hundred thousand inhabitants, according to the European average, which is 827, or what is the same, they are needed more than a half of nurses from the number of current contracts.



This follows from the data provided by the Seville College of Nursing this newspaper about the nurse-patient ratio per 100,000 inhabitants based on a study recently presented by the General Council of Official Nursing Colleges of Spain. It states that in Europe it is 827, in Spain 625, in Andalusia 529 and in Seville 507. In short, Spain is below the European average. At the same time, Andalusia it is situated in the last places in the country, only behind Murcia and Galicia. And for its part, Seville is also below that Andalusian average, although, yes, it is not the worst located in the Community where Almería is at the bottom 481) and Jaén, at the head with a ratio of 611 nurses for each 100,000 inhabitants. As a whole, Seville would occupy fourth place in Andalusia and the Eighth nationally.

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The lack of personnel is more serious if we look at what the quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). And if Andalusia as a whole is bad according to the data provided by the collegiate entity, Seville is worse. According to this parameter, the number of professionals needed to reach the average of 911 nurses per 100,000 inhabitants amounts to 7,924.

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In the set of Spain need more than 95,000 nurses to reach the European data and the number of patients that each of these professionals in the State has to attend to doubles and even triples the recommended figures in order to guarantee the quality and safety of care. The consequences?: A resentful care quality and that has the patient as the last affected. The causes? The “deterioration” of the labor quality suffered by professionals in Andalusia.

The president of the College of Nursing of Seville, Victor Bohorquezstates that only so far this month has signed 18 transfers of professionals to Vizcaya. Personnel that, he assures, “go away and don’t come back.” “The economic conditions that they offer outside are, despite the increase they may have had here in recent times, much better. And that is a reality”, argues Bohórquez, who points to the private health and their salaries as another of the workhorses in the health of the province and that is behind the escape of the nurses.

Everything, at a time when the profession is experiencing a situation of full employment, although, recalls the president of the Sevillian nurses, characterized by the “instability”, since some end their contracts on September 30 and others on December 31. “There is work and there is a need for professionals as well, but we do not know how Covid contracts are going to evolve, which are still temporary and, taking into account that, according to the WHO, we are in a period of end of the pandemic, although Covid will continue to exist and the care needs as well, but we are still not clear about what its coverage will be and the number of professionals that will continue. Everything is on the table and so it is normal for nurses to take contracts from outside that come to them,” she adds. “It is important that the nursing talent that is trained here, stayand find a way to link the professional to public and private health”, he adds.

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The president of the College of Nursing of Seville emphasizes that “precariousness” can lead to a decrease in the quality of care and in the professional development of the nurse himself. Thus, he explains that, with short contracts in which the worker changes center, service and function, we will never have experienced professionals. For this reason, Bohórquez considers that “the rethinking of all these issues must be on the table of the Health counseling because it was one of the points of his program”. “We can’t provide excellent care if we don’t have these excellent professionals and if they are overburdened”insist and conclude.

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