According to a National Statistical Institute (NSI) projection, the number of nurses in Bulgaria has fallen by 1730 between 2019 and 2021. In 2019, there were 30,546 nurses in Bulgaria, 29,160 in 2020, and 28,816 in 2021, according to the NSI.
Between 2020 and 2021, the number of nurses dropped by 344. This did not reflect the saturation with nurses per 10, 000 of the population. However in 2021, despite Bulgaria’s population fall, the figure dropped from 42.2 to 42.1 nurses per 10, 000 Bulgarians.
The decline of nurses described in the NSI report was not explained.
Departure to countries with higher wages and retirement had been reducing the number of nurses in Bulgaria before Covid-19. In March 2020, Bulgaria had its first Covid-19 case.
As of June 17, 2022, 24 598 medical professionals in Bulgaria have been diagnosed with Covid-19, including those who have died, recovered, and are still exhibiting symptoms.
There are 8040 nurses, 6080 doctors, 4612 orderlies, 432 EMTs, and 5434 “other” medical workers to consider in this comprehensive list.
Between 2019 and 2021, the number of doctors in Bulgaria also decreased, but this happened less drastically. This year, in 2019, Bulgaria had 29, 612 doctors, 113 fewer than in 2020, and 8 fewer than the year before.
Physician-to-population ratio actually improved due mainly to the population decrease. It was 43 per 10,000 inhabitants in 2020 and 43.3 in 2021, according to the NSI.
An estimated 34.9% of Bulgaria’s doctors are in their mid-to-late-fifties, according to the National Statistics Institute (NSI). More than one-fifth of Bulgaria’s doctors were above the age of 65. This may signal a coming crisis for the country.