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30,000 more healthcare workers needed by 2020 to care for elderly: MOH

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As Singapore's population ages rapidly and more suffer chronic ailments, it will require 30,000 more healthcare workers between last year and 2020. It will also need to completely rethink the way it cares for the elderly, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday.

[SINGAPORE] As Singapore's population ages rapidly and more suffer chronic ailments, it will require 30,000 more healthcare workers between last year and 2020. It will also need to completely rethink the way it cares for the elderly, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday.

These workers - including doctors who specialise in geriatric medicine and highly trained nurses capable of helming clinics in primary and community health settings - will be required to staff the additional facilities on the way.

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