Iran: 11,000 unemployed nurses

Iran: 11,000 unemployed nurses

Published by on January 30, 2016

Nurses“Nurses’ unemployment is common knowledge.”

This was acknowledged by Ali Adabi, Head of the Iranian Nurses Organization, in an interview with the state-run ILNA news agency on January 23, 2016.

He admitted that there were 11,000 unemployed nurses in the country. Adabi also revealed that because of harsh work conditions and small pay, many nurses do not accept to work in the clinics and health centres and would rather work in other professions or stay unemployed.

Adabi also gave news of the lay-off of 100 nurses in Kerman and said a number of them were in charge of providing the expenses of some orphans.

Adabi pointed out that despite such a crisis in the employment of nurses, the Health Ministry has increased admission of nursing students by two to three folds. He expressed confidence that those graduating would join the army of unemployed nurses.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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