Singapore's Health Minister announced that his ministry will be hiring some 4,500 medical and healthcare professionals over the next two years. Announcing the manpower push in Parliament, Minister Khaw Boon Wan said this will increase the capacity of public hospitals and institutions, allow the sector “to do things we were not able to do before” and “transform the delivery” of healthcare in Singapore.
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A new training and certification centre for rank-and-file healthcare workers has been established. The centre, located at Jalan Bukit Merah, was officially opened by Acting Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong on 16 January 2009. It will be run by Health Management International Ltd (HMI), a private healthcare and education/training provider.
With support from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), trainees will get grants of up to 90% for their course fees under the agency's Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience (SPUR).