Local doctors are increasingly complaining about professional burnout, physical fatigue and, curiously, health problems. According to the medical association Fnomceo, 9 out of 10 employees complain of excessive stress. It is usually caused by extremely anxious and persistent patients who, since the pandemic, have acquired the bad habit of bothering doctors at inopportune times, early in the morning and late at night. As a result, 11 percent of surveyed doctors suffering from chronic insomnia complain that, because of this attitude, they themselves need medical help.
The other side of the coin is how the State evaluates the work of doctors. The day before, a large demonstration took place in Rome, during which doctors demanded that the government “not treat them like slaves” and immediately review their meager salaries. Today, the average doctor in Italy earns 1,600 euros per month. Taking into account soaring inflation, the need to support a family and often rent a house, this money is very scarce.
This is forcing Italian doctors to quit en masse from jobs that no longer provide them with satisfaction. In addition, if older doctors retire prematurely, young specialists actively resort to moving to other countries, for example to the United Arab Emirates, where they will have higher incomes.
The trend has become so widespread that the authorities are now forced to attract doctors with all sorts of “special offers” in the form of help in finding and paying for housing or free parking.