Government & Policy

Diversifying Recruitment Sources Amid Filipino Nurse Permit Crunch in Singapore

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. …

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Suspension of Filipino nurse permits may affect S’pore’s nursing workforce

SINGAPORE – The Philippines is suspending the permits for nurses who want to work abroad with immediate effect. This move may affect Singapore’s nursing workforce, where about a third consists of foreign nationals, according to a report by The Straits Times. This affects nurses as well as nursing aides and assistants. According to Singapore’s Ministry …

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MOH to license telemedicine in mid-2022

Telemedicine services have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more patients opting for virtual visits to doctors, especially for minor illnesses. As part of the phasing in of the upcoming Healthcare Services Act, the Ministry of Health aims to license telemedicine services in the middle of 2022. As part of the transitioning process prior …

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CNA: As population ages, Government committed to ensuring affordable, quality healthcare: DPM Heng

SINGAPORE: As Singapore’s population ages, the Government remains committed to making sure citizens have access to affordable and quality healthcare, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Mar 29) as he marked Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) bicentennial celebration. In his speech, Mr Heng said that the future of healthcare in Singapore will be …

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Security improvements to Singapore’s National Electronic Health Records to be done by this year

SINGAPORE: Most of the security enhancements to the National Electronic Health Records (NEHR) are expected to be completed within the year, Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said in Parliament during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate on 5 Mar. Key Enabler During Covid-19 As a repository of patient summary records, the NEHR …

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