01 Oct '11, 7am

MOH looks to ease manpower crunch

SINGAPORE: The government is looking at ways to ease the manpower crunch in the healthcare sector, under its Primary Care Masterplan. These include tapping local and foreign sources to build capacity. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said this on the sidelines of an annual free public health screening event in the heartlands on Saturday. The event was organised by the National University of Singapore Medical Society. Geriatric care will become more important for healthcare providers. As Singaporeans live longer, more elderly citizens are expected to suffer from chronic diseases. The need to detect and manage such conditions through programmes like screening will stretch healthcare resources. Mr Gan said: "That is why we are formulating our masterplan for our healthcare system so that we can determine what kind of capacity of our healthcare services will be needed, going forwar...

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