The Lives They Live

The Lives They Live: Veteran nurse has no plans to retire

Harbhajan Singh, 77, works as a nurse and some patients have mistaken him for a security guard. He started his nursing career in 1959. In 1965, Mr Singh was posted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. More than 50 years later, he is still working there.
Mr Harbhajan Singh, who turns 78 in October, is looking forward to receiving his 60-year long service award next year. His long career has seen him working in different hospital wards as well as the Communicable Disease Centre, where he was at the fo
Mr Harbhajan Singh, who turns 78 in October, is looking forward to receiving his 60-year long service award next year. His long career has seen him working in different hospital wards as well as the Communicable Disease Centre, where he was at the forefront of Singapore's battle against Sars.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

While the pioneer leaders were the original architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series The Lives They Live.

Mr Harbhajan Singh works in a hospital and some patients have mistaken him for a security guard.

"My father was a watchman, but I am a nurse," he said with a laugh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2018, with the headline 'Veteran nurse has no plans to retire '. Print Edition | Subscribe