25 Feb '12, 9am

MOH aims to increase intake of nursing students

MOH aims to increase intake of nursing students

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) aims to expand the pool of locally trained healthcare workers to address manpower shortage. One target is to increase the yearly intake of nursing students at tertiary institutions from the current 1,700 to 2,000 by 2015. The tertiary institutions include the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education. For allied health courses, the aim is to raise the intake from 270 to 290 by 2014. There are about 32,000 registered nurses in Singapore and two in 10 are foreigners. As Singapore move towards reducing its reliance on foreign manpower, expanding its pipeline of local nurses is a key focus. There are now more training places for nurses. A new nursing degree programme offered by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) in partnership with the University of Mancheste...

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