Sunday, October 07, 2012

Singapore needs over 1,600 healthcare workers in near future

There will be about 1,600-1,700 vacancies in healthcare sector to meet the needs of the 10 new nursing homes which will be set up in Singapore from now till 2016, Gan Kim Yong, the city-state's Health Minister said on Saturday.

Gan said his ministry will step up efforts to fulfill this vacancies, by seeking personnel resources from educational institutions like the institutes of technical education and polytechnics, as well as encouraging the conversion of mid-career healthcare workers to join these nursing homes, local media Channel NewsAsia quoted as saying.

Those retirees who can come back to work part-time are also considered to be one of the areas which can relieve the shortage.

The ministry last Friday announced that they will build 10 new nursing homes by 2016, which is said to add an estimated 3,300 beds to the existing nursing home capacity of 9,000, aiming at supporting a growing senior population.

The latest official data shows that the proportion of Singapore residents aged 65 years and above rose to 9.9 percent at the end of this June, rising from 9.3 percent during the same period last year.-The Philippine Star (October 07, 2012 4:00PM)

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