Healthcare employers should diversify their recruitment sources amid issues with the supply of Filipino nurses, said Senior Minister of State for Health Koh Poh Koon in Parliament on Tuesday (Jul 27).
The Philippines is the one of the world’s biggest sources of nurses and had filled its annual cap of 5,000 healthcare worker deployments in late-May. The permits to enable healthcare workers to work abroad were suspended by the Philippine government.
While the high demand prompted the Philippines to raise the annual camp to 6,500, Dr Koh said that Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is working with healthcare employers to ensure the sufficiency and sustainability of the nursing workforce.
Quoting a 2019 report by the Singapore Nursing Board, he said that about 7,600 – or 18 per cent – of Singapore’s nursing workforce are Filipino.
Overall, the number of nurses – about 7.5 nurses per 1,000 people in the population – is a relatively “good number” compared to other Asian economies, said Dr Koh.
“But … as our population ages, there will be an increased demand for healthcare services and the manpower will have to increase commensurately,” he added.
Dr Koh pointed out that to make the profession more attractive to Singaporeans, the Government has began to raise the base salary of public sector nurses and has endeavoured to offer more flexible work arrangements and different career pathways.
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