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Public healthcare workers to get pay rise soon

Public healthcare workers will be getting a raise in their salaries soon.

This pay rise will apply across all public healthcare institutions, including hospitals and polyclinics, as well as long-term care service providers, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday.

Even support care staff can look forward to more take-home pay.

Paying tribute to these dedicated workers, Mr Heng said: "Our healthcare workers have, over the years, been working hard to provide us with the highest quality of care.

"Since Covid-19 hit, their exemplary commitment has shone through.

"Let me, once again, express our deepest appreciation to all healthcare workers for your dedication in fighting the pandemic," he added.

But even beyond the pandemic, the healthcare sector is expected to continue to grow as the population ages.

It is a sector that provides many good skilled jobs "that are noble, meaningful, and make a difference to Singaporeans", said Mr Heng.

Details will be given during the debate on the Ministry of Health's budget for the year.

In 2014, nurses had their pay increased by between 5 per cent and 20 per cent, following recommendations by a National Nursing Taskforce.

Doctors, dentists and allied healthcare professionals also received pay increases that year.

The pay for nurses went up again in 2015 to make the profession more attractive. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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