Many Doctors, Nurses Work Overtime for Paperwork in Japan

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Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--More than half of doctors and nurses in Japan work overtime to deal with paperwork, a government survey showed Tuesday.

In the survey between last November and January, 57.1 pct and 57.9 pct of the responding doctors and nurses, respectively, cited paperwork as the reason for overtime.

Increasing staff was the most cited measure among both doctors and nurses for preventing overwork.

The survey results are included in the government's 2018 white paper on the prevention of deaths from overwork, approved at a cabinet meeting.

In the survey, 59.5 pct of the responding hospitals said they are hiring more assistant nurses and administrative work assistants for doctors to prevent overwork. But about half of them mentioned difficulties finding workers for these jobs amid widespread labor shortages in the country.

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