The number of people who need care in Germany continues to rise. So much so that there are too few nursing staff for them. Tens of thousands more are needed - but those jobs aren't being filled. One possible solution is for robots to step in.
Yoshiyuki Sankai's exoskeletons let paralyzed people walk and even run. Beyond Japan, though, many Westerners view robots more as a threat than as help.
The German government has announced 13,000 more jobs for hospitals and care homes, but there is still a shortage of qualified medical staff. DW spent a shift with two nurses to learn more about the care sector crisis.
Thousands of Polish nurses, caregivers and workmen leave the country for employment. That has consequences: Many Polish children grow up without parents, who are gone for months or even years at a time.
Angela Merkel's government has been criticized for failing to regulate the private care market, leaving the door open to off-the-books labor by health workers. There is also a major shortage of caregivers nationwide.
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