Sunday, September 05, 2004

Exodus of specialists from public health sector 

Yesterday, The Straits Times reported that more than 50 specialists have left the public health sector this year. The newspaper described it as “the biggest exodus of specialists in a decade”. Some of those leaving cited too much administrative work as the reason for their departure.

Today, in The Sunday Times, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said he was “relaxed” about it. “I’m happy with the current arrangement,” he said. “We’re a public institution; we will always have to teach and train.”

It is understandable that in an improving economy, the public sector would see more employees leave. However, if the exodus of so many medical specialists is not a concern, I wonder why they had so many in the first place.


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