23 Dec '11, 12am

Why many Singaporean doctors choose to practise overseas

I refer to the article "Once abroad, hard to return?" (Dec 15). It is hardly surprising that Singaporeans who graduate as doctors in overseas universities choose to stay abroad. I am a medical graduate from the University of Sydney who worked in a tertiary hospital in Sydney for three years before returning to look after my ageing parents. Of the eight Singaporeans who graduated with me, five came back for family reasons, but two have since decided to practise in Australia. The three who remained after graduation never found it attractive to return home. There are many aspects that could be improved to attract Singaporean doctors back. Firstly, when I relocated to Singapore in 2009, I was told there was no relocation package available for me from my local employer. Relocation is a major undertaking and a substantial relocation package would go a long way in giving a head s...

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