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Russia faces medical worker shortage due to Ukraine war — British intelligence

11 February, 2024 Sunday
16:30

Russia's war on Ukraine has likely caused a shortage of medical workers across the Russian Federation

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This was reported by the Ministry of Defence of Great Britain.

According to intelligence sources, the mobilization of the Russian army in September 2022 led to warnings for medical workers not to leave the country. Despite this, up to 2% of doctors and medical professionals reportedly fled Russia to avoid conscription. Additionally, around 3,000 medical workers were likely mobilized to provide aid during the hostilities.

As of November 2023, the Ministry of Health of Russia indicated a shortfall of approximately 26,500 doctors and 58,200 intermediate medical personnel. Severe shortages were identified in 22 regions, with 7 facing an acute deficit. January 2024 estimates revealed a decrease of 7,500 doctors in the past 15 months, attributed by many to long working hours and low wages.

The Duma Committee on Regional Policy and Local Government, in its 2024 budget report, warned of financial challenges in poorer Russian regions regarding doctors' salaries.

The substantial resource and financial strain from supporting Russia's war in Ukraine negatively impacts several civilian sectors serving the Russian population. British intelligence underlines that there are no indications the downward trend in the number of medical workers in Russia will reverse in 2024.

  • Earlier reports from British intelligence had highlighted the war's impact on the civilian population's healthcare in the Russian Federation.
     
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