This country just gave its nurses a 50% wage hike!

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Dec 21, 2020, 09:09 AM(IST)

Nurses put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Photograph:( AFP )

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Iran has announced that nurses across the country will receive a 50 per cent hike in their wages with immediate effect

Essential workers in the healthcare sector have proven to be life-savers in trying times. As coronavirus continues to infect people across the globe, with a new strain recently spotted in the UK, a country has understood the value of its nurses.

Iran has announced that nurses across the country will receive a 50 per cent hike in their wages with immediate effect, as reported by PressTV.

Nurses in hospitals and care homes in Iran will reap the benefits of the immediate hike, which the authorities claim is to support the healthcare system cope with the number of rising cases in the country.

The wage hike was announced on Sunday, which also marked the National Day of Nurse in Iran by Kamel Taghavinejad, a deputy health minister.

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a recent televised speech, called for more support for healthcare workers, especially nurses.

This is not the first hike for healthcare workers in the country, for they were given a raise in March when the pandemic made its pilot inlays into the country, Taghavinejad said.

With both the pay hikes, he said that the wages of nurses would double between $280 per month for new recruits to $400 per month for senior staff.

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In terms of extra work put in by healthcare workers, the nurses would be compensated by nearly 25 per cent of their wages, the deputy health minister said.

Iran is one of the hardest hit countries in West Asia, due to which spending on health is expected to increase.

Over 52,000 new openings have been made available in the healthcare sector this year. Half of these are reportedly reserved for nurses.

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