Updated: 06/20/2014 02:37

MOH says more to be done for palliative care services

MOH says more to be done for palliative care services

The Ministry of Health or MOH says it is aware that it needs to do more, as it raises awareness of end-of-life issues and palliative care services. 

This comes after a survey found that more than half of doctors and more than a third of nurses here considered their basic medical education and training inadequate in preparing them to support the terminally ill. 

The Health Ministry says the number of nurses trained in palliative care has gone up, from 23 in 2009 to just under 600 at the end of last year. 

For doctors, there is a newly-launched Graduate Diploma course in Palliative Medicine at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, which was fully subscribed. 

The Health Ministry is also boosting the capabilities of hospitals. 

For example, Tan Tock Seng hospital provides palliative care support to six nursing homes, and training in geriatric and palliative care to nursing home staff. 

MOH will share more on its plans for the sector at the Singapore Palliative Care Conference later this month.

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