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Hospital staff shortages impacting parents of sick children

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Japan's shortage of health care workers is impacting families of hospitalized children, with a recent survey showing approximately 85 percent of affected parents are forced to regularly care full-time for their kids despite paying patient fees.

How is this important? Dentsu needs a fat contract for digitalization and studying about making Japan Inc. more humanitarian in its international business and some hotel owners need GoTo subsidies.

Nurse pay and ensuring workers have adequate leave policies? That is of much lower priority.

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Anybody close to a family with a sick child knows the huge burden it takes on everybody, and the worst thing is that this should not be the case, culture and customs have made people think it is normal or even desirable that a parent stays at the hospital 24/7 with their child to make sure proper care is being taken, and that minimal support for the parent is fine. Neither of those two things are true.

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No sympathy from me. The people here CONSTANTLY vote in the same clowns and then they want to complain about their plight? Everyone saw how ineffective the LDP has been from everything from Tohoku recovery, the ballooning Olympic costs all the way to the Pandemic. And we hear now that Sapporo is bidding for the games.

Japanese people never learn from their mistakes. They keep voting in the same clowns and want to sing Woe is Me. No sympathy

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Indeed Aly.

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We have to consider taking appropriate steps 

For goodness sake, don't these clowns ever DO anything except constantly 'consider', 'urge' or encourage'?

Hey parents with sick kids, don't worry; we spent your tax money on unused Olympic uniforms.

Japanese people never learn from their mistakes. They keep voting in the same clowns and want to sing Woe is Me. No sympathy

True to a point, but you'd have to be pretty cold to hold a sick kid responsible for Adults and their 'can't be bovvered' attitude to voting.

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Sorry parents of sick children, we need to spend more on bridges to nowhere, tetrapods, the military-industrial complex and Sapporo's Olympic bid. You know orinpikku, sugoi desho?

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Prior to the pandemic, there were 20,000 vacancies for doctors and nurses. More resigned from covid fatigue.

Last year when I was in the hospital for an op I had a private room with a bathroom. My wife slept on a cot in the same room. We were there for 7 nights. Had I been in a 4-bed common room she could not have stayed. We had planned on her staying in a hotel but since she would have been at the hospital all day it was better and cheaper she used the cot bed. A small charge. She also used the shower in the bathroom.

Children need to be in a hospital designed just for child patients. There must be proper facilities for parents staying with their children.

The majority of hospitals are private, about 8,000 and only about 600 are public.

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That’s a bit crying at luxury level. When I was quite sometimes hospitalized as a child, there were only fixed visiting times, a few minutes in late weekdays’ afternoon , but almost no one of the parents could come because work until six p.m. and they could only stand far away , smile and wave hands but denied entry; and then a longer , one or two hour visiting time on weekends’ afternoons for sitting , chatting and playing together with us children patients. No such nowadays quasi hotel standards with parents living with the sick children together or caring many hours or 24/7 near the little patients. So personally I survived that several times what you complain and really don’t know what you are discussing here. lol

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Sven Asai

which country are you referring to?

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Japan's shortage of health care workers is impacting families of hospitalized children, with a recent survey showing approximately 85 percent of affected parents are forced to regularly care full-time for their kids despite paying patient fees.

This article is very misleading to me. I don't see the "shortage of health care workers", or culture to provide collaborative health care by families the problem, but the heartless companies not allowing parents to take time off work that is the issue!

I needed hospitalization several times from age 3 to 18 (outside of Japan) and it was a rule then that restricted visiting hours for everyone applied. Parents could not stay at the hospital. This changed in the 1990s with hospitals and staff developing "family presence policies", especially for children. Some hospitals today even have their own pets for pet therapy in children's wards. The mindset today with hospital staff is that collaborative care is an important part of medical care, not because of the lack of staff.

Families are an integral part of the patient’s care team because no one knows our patients better than their loved ones - that’s why we welcome visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Family Presence and Open Visiting Policies in Ontario Hospitals.

https://www.oha.com/Documents/Family%20Presence%20Policies%20Report.pdf

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