PM proposes annuities as solution to major shortage of nurses

The acting prime minister, Andrej Babiš of ANO, has suggested annuities as a possible solution to a major shortage of nurses in Czech hospitals. At present hospitals lack around 2,500 nurses. Mr. Babiš said annuities could attract back into the profession those that had left it for other sectors.

Annuities are received by former police officers, soldiers and fire and customs officers, generally on completing 15 years of service.

The Association of Nurses has proposed that its members receive CZK 5,000 a month, a suggestion that the ANO appointed minister of health, Adam Vojtěch, said he would look into.