The online survey, conducted by the Japanese Nursing Association on its members last autumn, obtained answers from around 5,100 members, with the response rate standing at 34.0 pct. The average age of respondents came to 41.3 and women accounted for 93.5 pct of all respondents. Of the respondents, 86.6 pct were nurses, while the rest were made up of midwives, public health nurses and others.
Under the revised medical service law, which was enacted in May 2021, extra work for hospital doctors will be limited at 960 hours a year in principle. For doctors for whom long work hours are unavoidable due to reasons including services at emergency medical centers, the upper limit on annual overtime will be set at 1,860 hours.
“There were some people who died at home or saw their conditions worsen because they were not able to swiftly receive treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus,” said Goto, who assumed the post under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office last week.
The move is seen as a major step toward enabling the procedure, in which women without a uterus receive the organ from donors for the purpose of conceiving and giving birth. Research on the procedure has been conducted at Keio University and other institutions in Japan.
The Japan Medical Association on Saturday elected Vice President Toshio Nakagawa its new president, replacing incumbent Yoshitake Yokokura, who has maintained close ties with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The leadership change may affect the relationship between the association, a key supporter of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and the Abe administration, observers said.