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Japan to give more financial aid for hospitals fighting pandemic

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It’s a balancing act.

for anyone who can’t understand why on the one hand restaurants are being asked to shorten their hours whilst on the other hand domestic travel is being promoted, and why schools remain open and live music concerts remain closed.

And everything will continue to be tweaked on a daily basis.

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I wonder how much of that money stays with the hospital management, managers , pharma companies and doctors and how little will trickle down to nurses and patients.

again the entire aid package misses the mark. A large part should go to end user, consumer, retailers and employees but it won’t. Only a smaller part of it.

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Since the outbreak of the virus, Japan has allocated about 2.7 trillion yen in total for the medical sector, such as providing assistance to hospitals securing beds for COVID-19 patients and front-line medical workers, according to the health ministry.

The economic package is also likely to include the extension of the government's subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic travel beyond its initial expiry at the end of January.

Priorities. First should have been front-line medical workers receiving all the resources and support they need. Then direct support for the struggling public.

Instead you get GoTo, Olympics and subsidized corporate welfare.

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Aah yes, throw money at the problem with no clear plan just to show you're doing something. And what of the staff shortage? Throwing money isn't going to solve this problem. Increase overtime pay and work them until they drop? Nothing different from abenomask, only this time it's money.

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Just throwing money at the problem will do nothing. They need more staff and better management. Adding more beds without the staff and management is only adding to their woes.

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Just throwing money at the problem will do nothing. They need more staff and better management.

And what of the staff shortage? Throwing money isn't going to solve this problem. Increase overtime pay and work them until they drop?

Agreed..one thing thats puzzling to me..if there are increasing numbers of hospitals that are at breaking point due to shortage of staff, why doesnt the J-govt do what many other countries do and deploy military doctors and staff to assist? JSDF are routinely dispatched to emergencies and this is one damn big emergency aint it? It seems like an obvious solution to adress the temporary medical staff shortage due to covid, whats stopping the government suits from sending a fax out?. is that just too much of an obvious & straightforward solution for them?

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Hospitals and its’ staff would appreciate more if less patients were arriving with Covid19.

And when I say less patients, its not refusing them as we all know by now that has been happening - but for measures to be taken to avoid further spread of the virus, resulting in less cases.

How many meetings are required to reach such basic conclusion?

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One doctor complained his hospital didn’t need more money for equipment, they needed more nurses. It’s tough and dangerous work taking care of COVID-19 patients and nurses are working overtime; then some quit because they’re exhausted.

However, having more COVID-19 beds will look as if the politicians are doing something, useless as it might be. A COVID-19 bed with no nurses or doctors to handle the patient is a paperweight.

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It is nice and good tone to care about doctors and nurses but there is no real shortage of staff, same as in all other Japanese companies, there is actual over staffing BUT in non essential departments and paper shoving. How much time do nurses spent on paperwork ? And certainly there are a disturbing number of doctors shying away from their oath. If all the “ experts” and professors I have seen daily on tv would take care of one patient, they should be well provided for.

Japan has more than enough nurses and doctors but as for, a minority I am sure, the competence and dedication to patients...

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The real problem is, that most of the involved people have no knowledge about exponentially increasing developments. The money should therefore go into math education, information campaigns and so on. You can now send money and new nurses in whatever amount and numbers and will still have the same problem again some weeks or months later. The only thing that can help is a strict and well planned as well as surveilled 70-days lockdown, because that’s the currently known maximum time span that virus can survive ‘in vivo’, means living persons , pets, wildlife animal etc. The virus will die out or at least be reset in amount to start values of last year. You don’t want to do that? Well, this is a bad , deadly and stupid but very possible option too.

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One doctor complained his hospital didn’t need more money for equipment, they needed more nurses. 

To train a nurse to work in a dedicated Covid19 facility would take just 3 months. China built dedicated emergency Covid19 hospitals in 2 weeks and totally functional in 6 weeks. In March. They have almost zero infections for 1.4billion people. European countries about 400000 a day.

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My step-daughter is a nurse in a private hospital in Tokyo. She’s already doing 12 hour shifts on a six day roster. She’s in her late-20’s and getting much older by the day due to her slave-like roster. She and none of the other staff will see any of this money. The hospital will get more beds and the director will get a new car. She’ll just get more work.

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JSDF are routinely dispatched to emergencies and this is one damn big emergency aint it?

It is, but it may scare people out of GoTo-ing.

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maes,

 there is no real shortage of staff

Those are clerks shuffling papers (insurance forms and payment reciepts) all around. They are not nurses. There is a shortage of nurses because the work is hard and they are underpaid for what they do.

You know there’s a shortage of nurses when the Japanese government is attempting to import foreign nurses and develop nursing robots. Hospitals are looking for nurses; they can find clerks at every high school graduation ceremony.

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