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81 honoured with Nurses’ Merit Award: MOH

A record number of healthcare staff were presented the Nurses’ Merit Award for their outstanding performance and dedication to the healthcare industry on Wednesday (Aug 8).

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health on Wednesday (Aug 6) honoured a record number of 81 nurses with the Nurses’ Merit Award for their outstanding performance and dedication to the healthcare industry.

The Award, which started in 1976, recognises nurses who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding performance for the past three years. Each recipient will be awarded a medal - to be worn as part of the nurses’ uniform - and a monetary gift of S$1,000, up from $200 in previous years.

The increase in the award value is one of the National Nursing Taskforce’s recommendations on raising recognition of nurses’ work. The taskforce, which was set up in 2012 to review and chart the future direction of the nursing profession, had all of its 15 “wide-ranging” recommendations accepted by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Wednesday.

Said Mr Gan: “Through their dedication and commitment, they have touched the lives of many patients and their family members. My ministry is committed to continue our efforts to support and promote the nursing profession.”