Moh to fully fund building 3 new nursing homes to cater for the ageing population.Government does not want the downturn to delay the projects.
As of today, there are 64 nursing homes in Singapore. 31 are run by voluntary welfare organisations ( VWO'S ).
Total beds currently 9,300. By 2020 another 5000 beds will be provided, making a total of 14,300 beds. The 3 homes to be built and operational by 2011 will be in Sembawang, Yishun and Punggol.They will be run by Villa Francis, Brighthill Evergreen Home and the Singapore Christian Home.
The Health Ministry said, " When you admit a patient to a nursing home, the expectation is that they get well and go home ". The fact
is when you admit a patient through the main gate, chances after some time, the same patient will make the exit by the back door, meaning kick the bucket.Facts
: Most nurses in our Nursing Homes in Singapore are foreign nurses from either the Phillippines or from Myanmar. One or two top positions were occupied by Singaporeans.
So we must be more appreciative and be thankful to the nurses ( call it foreign talent or foreign workers ). Without them our patients in nursing homes, our aged parents in nursing homes will be in trouble.
To nurse another 5000 patients by 2020, based on the ratio of 1 : 4, another 1,250 foreign nurses will have to be employed. From where ? Myanmar ? probably, that's why Singapore helps in the building of a small hospital there.