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Updated: 02/06/2013 02:23 | By Channel NewsAsia

Can S’pore’s healthcare sector cope with population growth?

Can S’pore’s healthcare sector cope with population growth?


Can S’pore’s healthcare sector cope with population growth?

SINGAPORE: MP for Nee Soon GRC, Patrick Tay said people are generally concerned whether Singapore would be able to cope with the future healthcare needs with an increased population.

Speaking during the debate on the White Paper on Population, Mr Tay said there will be an increase of 4,100 hospital beds by 2020 and at the same time, the population will be projected to increase to six million compared to 5.31 million now.

Mr Tay, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU) representing healthcare employees, added that he is also deeply concerned about the huge strain placed on healthcare employees in meeting the healthcare needs of a burgeoning population.

He said there must be concrete plans in place to beef up the healthcare workforce to cope with this surge in demand.

To meet the healthcare needs of the nation, he noted that Singapore may well need sufficiently trained healthcare professionals at all levels from allied, ancillary, nursing and doctors.

Mr Tay stressed that the Singapore core should remain and the healthcare sector should continue to hire Singaporeans first, with the need to supplement with a foreign workforce to ensure the country provides the best care for its people.

— CNA/fa

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