More needs to be done to further develop palliative care in Singapore: Amy Khor
- POSTED: 12 Oct 2013 22:22
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The government will work hard to further develop palliative care in Singapore as it anticipates that demand will double by 2020, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor.
SINGAPORE: The government will work hard to further develop palliative care in Singapore as it anticipates that demand will double by 2020.
Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said this during a charity concert to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday.
Dr Khor said: "Palliative care in Singapore has come a long way. Nonetheless, more needs to be done.
“We expect that with our ageing population, the demand for palliative care will grow further. Many patients want to be cared for and to pass on in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by family and loved ones."
Dr Khor said that since 2009, the number of patients receiving home palliative care has tripled.
And the demand will again double by 2020 -- from about 5,000 patients per year, to more than 10,000.
To meet these numbers, the Health Ministry will raise salaries to attract more into the long-term care sector.
By 2014, it will also develop a set of national standards to boost the quality of care.
To raise public understanding on end-of-life options, a series of conversations will be held between healthcare professionals, patients and family members, focusing on the patients' wishes for a "good death".
A team of eight medical students from the National University of Singapore has also launched an island-wide campaign, "Project Happy Apples", to shed light on the true stories of patients receiving palliative care.
The Voices for Hospices Charity Concert was held on Saturday to raise awareness about patients going through the last stages of their lives.
Gracing the stage were 12-year-old singing sensation Miguel Antonio, ex-Nominated
Member of Parliament Eunice Olsen and singer-actress Rahima Rahim.
The concert was jointly organised by the Singapore Hospice Council and the Singapore Cancer Society.
Funds will go towards outreach activities to educate the public about the importance of palliative care.