Johor health rep: Shortage of nurses in state due to many getting better deals in Singapore

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Ling said there are a total of 12,533 nurses in Johor, with 8,777 serving in government hospitals and another 19 with contract status. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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By Ben Tan

Thursday, 19 May 2022 2:11 PM MYT

JOHOR BARU, May 19 — The Johor state government will soon have a meeting with Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to discuss the shortage of between 15,000 and 18,000 nurses in the state, said Health and Unity Committee chairman Ling Tian Soon.

He said among reasons for the shortage was due to a significant number of local nurses, including doctors, who have taken up employment in the health sector in neighbouring Singapore.

"They get better deals (in Singapore). The state government does not have the specific statistics on how many of our nurses and doctors work in Singapore, but the number is growing every year.

"At present, more will find employment in Singapore due to the depreciating Malaysian ringgit.

"However, I believe many nurses still want to serve in our country,” said Ling after officiating the Johor state-level Nurses' Day celebration at the Persada International Convention Centre here.

Ling said that it was understood that one of t...

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