Hospitals offer a 'finder's fee' to address the nurse shortage

SINGAPORE: Hospitals and clinics are offering a “finder’s fee” to encourage referrals as a way of resolving the huge demand for nurses.

It is reported that many health professionals and other medical support staff have resigned due to increased stress levels and prolonged work hours.

At least one private hospital group is offering to pay a “finder’s fee” of up to SGD12,000 (USD8,800) to anyone who can successfully refer a qualified nurse. Even a new graduate nurse who joins the hospital can bring in at least SGD3,600 (USD2,600) to any leads.

In more than 20 years, the number of nurses in Singapore have decreased since last year and the numbers continue to worsen this year.

Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said, “About 1,500 healthcare personnel resigned in the first half of 2021. In the first half of 2021, close to 500 foreign doctors and nurses resigned, compared to roughly 500 in the entire year of 2020.”

There were 42,096 nurses at the end of 2020, a third of them non-Singaporeans. Most of them resigned, citing travel restrictions and because they could not visit their family in their home countries.

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