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Press release No. 134 of 4 April 2023 Fewer new apprenticeship contracts in long-term care in 2022

A total of 146,500 apprentices were training to become generalist nurses at the end of 2022, according to first provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). 52,300 of these apprentices had signed their apprenticeship contract in …

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Press release No. 033 of 26 January 2023 2.9% more people employed in the health sector in 2021

The number of people employed in the German healthcare system increased more significantly in the pandemic year of 2021 than in the first Covid year of 2020. A good 6.0 million people were working in the health sector at the end of 2021, according to …

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Press release No. 262 of 23 June 2022 Medical health occupations: number of persons employed up 1.5% in the Covid-19 year 2020

At the end of 2020, just over 5.8 million people were employed in the German healthcare system. Of these, just under 3.1 million people worked in medical health occupations (e.g. human medicine or health and nursing care) and just under 2.8 million …

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Press release No. 260 of 22 June 2022 Public health service: number of staff with an open-end contract up 14% during the Covid-19 pandemic until the end of 2021

At the end of 2021, at least 21,460 people had an open-end employment contract in the public health service in Germany. This corresponds to 17,770 full-time equivalents, that is, persons employed when converted to the full collectively agreed working …

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Press release No. 135 of 29 March 2022 105,000 apprentices training to become generalist nurses in 2021

For two years, there has been a new vocational training occupation in Germany. Apprentices can train to become generalist nurses entitled to work in geriatric, paediatric and nursing care. Their number totalled 105,006 on reference date 31 December …

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Press release No. N 068 of 8 December 2021 Many elderly care workers work part-time

The caring profession has come particularly into focus during the coronavirus pandemic.  In 2019, 954,000 people were employed in residential care homes or home care and support services, 616,000 of whom worked part-time. The Federal Statistical …

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Press release No. 304 of 28 June 2021 Physician density in 2020: 4.5 physicians per 1,000 people in Germany

In 2020 approximately 372,000 physicians in Germany treated patients and consequently were in direct contact with patients. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that there were 4.5 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants. In 2019, there …

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Press release No. N 022 of 30 March 2021 Number of psychotherapists up 19% between 2015 and 2019

Fear of losing one’s livelihood, social isolation, stress: the coronavirus pandemic has a negative impact on the psyche. Even before the crisis, the number of psychotherapists was on the rise in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office reports that …

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Press release No. N 085 of 23 December 2020 3.63 million people employed in the health sector have direct contact with patients

People working in health occupations are to be given priority in the coronavirus vaccination programme – especially because many of them have a higher risk of getting infected because of their direct contact with patients. The Federal Statistical …

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Press release No. N 072 of 3 November 2020 Qualified nursing staff in hospitals: six nurses per 1,000 inhabitants in 2018

It is not only the number of intensive care beds that is important in in-patient care of COVID-19 patients. Instead, the qualified nursing staff who care for the patients is of central importance, too. On 31 December 2018, just under 500,000 …