The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

New nursing homes to create over 1,700 jobs

Govt ramping up hiring of nurses, support staff for 10 upcoming facilities


The Government is ramping up recruitment for the 350 nurses and 1,400 support staff it needs for 10 new nursing homes. These will be built over the next three years.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday announced plans to increase enrolment for related courses at the Institute of Technical Education and polytechnics, and encourage people to make a mid-career switch into health care.

Allowances for selected candidates among those who make the switch will also go up, to help them cover their cost of living as they train full time. The Health Ministry will also encourage retiring health-care workers to keep working.

"Even if they retire, we will encourage them to come back to work part time and contribute to our workforce," Mr Gan said. "So we are pulling out all stops, exploring all venues to recruit more manpower to meet our needs," he added.