MOH: Singapore needs 30,000 healthcare workers by 2020

MOH: Singapore needs 30,000 healthcare workers by 2020

Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that 30,000 more healthcare workers will be needed in the country by 2020 to meet the demands of a rapidly ageing population and additional healthcare facilities.

The MOH launched a manpower plan on October 20 in the hopes of attracting more Singaporeans to take up careers in the healthcare industry and ensure they are well-equipped.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, launching the 2020 Healthcare Manpower Plan on Thursday, said the plan aimed to meet the growth in demand for healthcare and sustain good salaries for workers.

The plan consists of three strategies: Equipping the healthcare workforce with relevant skillsets to prepare for the evolving healthcare needs of an ageing population, growing a strong local core by investing in fresh school leavers as well as mid-career entrants and improving the work environment and patient experience with technology.

Despite the government’s call to Singaporeans to enter the health sector, their lack of skills in the field of medicine is an opportunity for workers from outside their country, including the Philippines.

Filipino nurses must pass the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) and be licensed by Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to able to work in Singapore.

“They must have at least 2 or 3 years of experience. Then, they must pass examinations given by agencies in the Philippines for the Singapore Nursing Board for them to become full-pledged staff nurse in Singapore or an enrolled nurse,” Filipina registered nurse Alicia Binuya in Singapore said. [With reports from channelnewsasia.com and untvweb.com]

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