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Singapore Ministry Of Health Promotes Sustainable Wage Increase For Healthcare Staff

After a review of healthcare staff salaries by Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and the healthcare clusters, some 16,000 public healthcare administrative, ancillary and support staff will see an increase of between 4 and 10 percent in their base pay.

By 2014, about 2,000 of these healthcare staff will again expect a wage increase of 10 to 20 percent through a Progressive Wage Model that has been developed to help lower-wage workers attain sustainable wage increases through productivity, training and job redesign initiatives. It will focus on three key groups including health attendants, healthcare assistants, and patient service associates. According to MOH, the scheme involves creating a wage ladder and continuously setting wage milestones up the ladder for workers in different jobs and industries. “It is built on top of a base of Workfare schemes, wage recommendations from the National Wages Council and social transfer programmes,” MOH said.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said, in his speech at the Launch of the Healthcare Cluster Tripartite Workgroup just recently, public healthcare clusters play a critical role in driving healthcare productivity. “As our public healthcare institutions continue to drive productivity improvements, it is important to share part of the gains with the staff who have contributed to deriving them, to sustain employee involvement and good labour relations,” he said. Minister Yong specifically mentioned the healthcare administrative and support staff, whom he said are important partners in the healthcare team and who play a crucial role in the delivery of healthcare services.

Furthermore, Minister Yong said that the rising expectation for public healthcare services means that the work of our administrative, ancillary and support staff has become more demanding and complex. “To meet this challenge, the public sector needs a strong and committed corps of healthcare personnel at all levels, who are dedicated to doing their best for their patients every day. To achieve this, we must ensure that the public sector continues to attract, motivate and retain high performing staff,” he added.