$52 million charity fund to raise standards of patient care

President Tony Tan (second from left) presents a gift to Mrs Dorothy Chan, daughter of the late Ng Teng Fong at TTSH's Founder's Day Dinner Celebrations, at Raffles City Convention Centre on Oct 7, 2014, to celebrate 170 years of care journey. -- ST
President Tony Tan (second from left) presents a gift to Mrs Dorothy Chan, daughter of the late Ng Teng Fong at TTSH's Founder's Day Dinner Celebrations, at Raffles City Convention Centre on Oct 7, 2014, to celebrate 170 years of care journey. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE- A new programme has been set up to better prepare healthcare professionals and members of the community to care for the sick.

The scheme, funded by a $52 million donation from the family of the late tycoon, Mr Ng Teng Fong, to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was announced by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday night during the hospital's 170th Founder's Day dinner at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

The Ng Teng Fong Healthcare Innovation Programme aims to raise the standards of patient care both in and out of the hospital, said Dr Tan.

It will pay for grants and scholarships to train healthcare professionals in TTSH as well as volunteers, caregivers and members of patient support groups.

The programme will also support the development of healthcare innovations to boost efficiency and safety in caregiving.

"[The fund] will go a long way in supporting training and innovation across various hospitals and institutions to bring about better healthcare delivery," said Dr Tan.

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