12 Jun '11, 10pm

Who will look after our elderly?

Who will look after our elderly?

SINGAPORE: Policymakers have recently vowed to reduce Singapore's dependence on foreign labourers, amid a growing backlash over the influx of foreigners who compete with locals for jobs. Yet, any immediate decrease in the supply of foreign nurses, nursing aides and health care attendants would have critical consequences on the welfare of the elderly who depend on them. Foreign workers comprise the bulk of the long-term care labour force because these are the low-paying, labour-intensive jobs that few locals want. If we lose this supply of foreign staff, there would not be enough local workers to fill the immediate need. At the same time, we need to be mindful of public sentiment and find a better way to attract and retain more local workers in the long-term care sector. What is the best approach to meet both objectives? Up to 70 per cent of the 4,000 formal long-term care ...

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