SINGAPORE: Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has said the healthcare sector should mobilise more volunteers to plug the gaps in a tight labour market.
He made the suggestion on Saturday at the annual dinner of SATA CommHealth -- a nonprofit organisation whose services include a mobile clinic.
Mr Tan applauded the efforts of SATA CommHealth in providing quality care, but suggested that it turns to volunteers to supplement its manpower needs.
He said: "If you were to depend solely on full-time staff, I think it's difficult. But that's where I do believe you need to supplement and complement, and I fully recognise that volunteers on their own will not be able to do everything.
"But schools, and also CSR (corporate social responsibility) -- I think there's a far bigger role that companies can play -- can provide hopefully a ready, regular supply of volunteers that can come on board."
Mr Tan added that health is the single most significant concern for an ageing population, and the government is committed to enhancing the healthcare system.
He said the healthcare sector must work collectively to achieve this aim.
One of the players is SATA CommHealth. Since its founding in 1947, it has set up a mobile medical service, community health centres and nursing homes. - CNA/al
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