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Physicians Day: No job security for Iranian physicians

Photos from Physicians Day Ceremony held in Tehran (by Hemmat Khahi, ISNA)

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tomorrow is National Doctors Day, which marks the birth anniversary of Ibn Sina, Avicenna (c. 980 - 1037), a Persian polymath and the foremost physician and philosopher of his time. He was also an astronomer, chemist, geologist, logician, paleontologist, mathematician, physicist, poet, psychologist, scientist and teacher.

According to official figures, there are about 110,000 general practitioners and specialists working across the country. They sometimes earn less than those in occupations requiring lower levels of qualification and expertise, despite the often grueling challenges they face in their work.

Insufficient effort has been made to avert the problems; perhaps people think that doctors have no serious troubles. Unfortunately it seems that they have been consigned to oblivion.

Lack of job security is the greatest dilemma facing doctors.

Speaking to the Mehr News Agency, the director of the Iranian Society of Radiology (ISR) noted that although the science of medicine is rooted in the ancient history of Iran, those who are involved in this branch of knowledge are dealing with legions of problems.

They face an uncertain future, Abd-ul-Rasul Sedaqat said, adding, "They are downplayed and seriously threatened by their patients."

Blaming the government for this state of affairs, Sedaqat said, if the government behaves in a very responsible and graceful manner towards physicians in society, then no one will be allowed to menace or undermine them.

The director of the Iranian Society of Internists' also said, "About 20 percent of the country's 60 thousand general practitioners are not satisfied with their pay."

Based on the figures of the above-mentioned society, Iraj Khosrow-Nia said, "Five thousand Iranian general practitioners and five thousand specialists are engaged in other activities instead of the medical profession due to the inadequacy of their salaries.

According to him, only 20 percent of general practitioners, 50 percent of specialists, and 65 percent of subspecialists lead a life of luxury, and 30 percent of general practitioners and specialists, and 25 percent of subspecialists just manage to earn a living.

Expressing sorrow for the fact that half of the general practitioners, 20 percent of specialists, and 10 percent of subspecialists are not satisfied with their standard of living, Khosrow-Nia said that in order to earn a decent wage the majority of medics "are bound to take on night shifts at hospitals even in their old age."

Khosrow-Nia also called for the establishment of a board of directors to solve the problems with which medics are battling.

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