Singapore plans additional national medical specialty centres

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

MOH has announced plans to create two new national medical specialist centres - one for heart diseases and one for cancer - in addition to the existing ones for the respective specialties, the National Heart Centre (NHC) and the National Cancer Centre (NCC).

The National University Hospital (NUH) situated at Kent Ridge / NUS has been tasked to set up these two second tertiary specialist centres.

Cancer and heart disease are reportedly the current top two killers in Singapore and are expected to remain the major causes of death in future. The number of new cancer cases is projected to increase from 9,000 per year to 13,000 by 2015 whilst outpatient attendances for cardiological cases are projected to grow from 200,000 per year to 320,000 by 2015.