Singapore struggles to meet the demand for healthcare workers

SINGAPORE: Demand for healthcare workers is rising in Singapore, as it grapples a new surge in Covid-19 cases.

“With the number of Covid-19 cases on the rise, we are in need of manpower to support our healthcare institutions in the Covid-19 effort," the Ministry of Health advised in a recent circular. "This includes the management of Covid-19-positive patients in hospitals and community care facilities, and as backfill manpower in (business-as-usual) setting.”

The ministry has urged members of the Singapore Healthcare Corps to register for their immediate deployment as the flu season, colleagues quitting, and insufficient rest continue to strain the country’s medical workforce. The ministry said they may start soon with contract positions.

According to government’s statistics, 1,500 healthcare workers resigned in the first half of last year, versus 2,000 annually before the pandemic. More are leaving faster than they are being replaced.

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