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5,000 healthcare staff to get 15% wage increase by end-2014

The wage increases came over two years of efforts to enhance workers' skills, productivity and career progression options.

SINGAPORE: Around 5,000 local healthcare support staff will have received about 15 per cent increase in wages by the end of this year, said Mr Patrick Tay, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General at the National Day Observance Ceremony hosted by National University Health System on Friday (Aug 15).

The increase came after efforts made by the Healthcare Cluster Tripartite Workgroup to enhance the employability and raise salaries of lower-wage healthcare support staff, namely health attendants, healthcare assistants and personal service associates, focusing on 3 UPs: Up Skills, Up Career Progression and Up Productivity.

Various ladders of the Progressive Wage Model have also been implemented by the Workgroup since its launch in 2012, to encourage productivity initiatives across the public health sector through sharing and diffusion of best practices.

Piloted projects such as the Pharmacy Stock Receiving System – the use of a personal handheld device to receive, pack and distribute drugs – by the National University Hospital and other facilities, have also seen some form of “mass adoption” across the clusters.

“Although we have reached our target, I would like to urge all healthcare management and staff alike to actively seek opportunities to do more and to spread good initiatives across all healthcare clusters so that all can benefit,” said Mr Tay.

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