40 Percent of Working Parents Quit or Reduced Their Hours Since the Pandemic

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Lakshmi Swamy, M.D., a pediatric ophthalmologist in Cary, North Carolina, made the difficult decision to keep her middle-schooler home this fall—a choice that means she’ll only be able to see a handful of patients one or two days a week. “There were not enough pediatric ophthalmologists to begin with in our area, and having to scale back a practice where I knew I was having an impact on the community is hard,” she said.

“And I’m not the only one,” she warns. “I don’t know what the numbers are, but I know that there are many physicians who have pulled themselves out of the workforce either partially or completely, during this pandemic. Family reasons and burnout are often cited. This is mind-blowing to me that our physician work pool is decreasing in the midst of a health crisis.”

Doctors aren’t the only workers who are scaling back their hours to take care of kids…

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