The unbelievable shortage of doctors in Singapore is due to PAP’s screwed-up planning. This has resulted in public hospital appointments stretching for months or even up to more than one year.
Public healthcare institutions are managed on a for-profit basis and they have tried to lower costs by hiring lower-paid doctors from third-world countries. Some are willing to work for as little as $3000, according to an online report. link
Singaporeans should not buy into PAP’s propaganda about our world class public healthcare institutions. Instead, we should be asking ourselves why there are no doctors from first world countries. This is not to say that local doctors or all foreign ones are substandard.
A friend whose daughter took up medicine 5 years ago told me that there were many foreigners enrolled in the same course. (Hope some readers can confirm this.)
With more than 300 new doctors every year, why do patients have to wait for months just to see a doctor?
How many foreign undergraduates are funded by the government? If there’s a shortage of doctors, why aren’t more scholarships given out to local undergraduates?
There should be only a handful of foreigners funded by taxpayers because we have an oversupply of “outstanding” students, according to PM Lee.
In 2011, PM Lee pointed to the 2,000 applicants for 300 places at the National University of Singapore’s medical school and said. “All of them had outstanding results.” universityworldnews
Why should outstanding Singaporeans be forced to study at foreign universities while foreigners study at public universities at our expense? No wonder more Singaporean talents are not returning.
Not only has PAP implemented a pro-foreigner policy, more PAP spurs have been stuck into the hide of local undergraduates in the form of exorbitant tuition fee increases over 26 years.
According to master statistician Leong Sze Hian, PAP has increased university tuition fees by between 6.7% and 11.1% for 29 years. TOC article (That “University tuition fees were increased sharply, by 30% (for non-medical courses) in 1989 and a further 35-40% in 1991” is testament to PAP’s very short-term planning.)
What makes this bad situation worse is the fact that inflation rose at an annual rate of only 1.9% from 1986 to 2014. As Singaporeans paid more, our government coffers swelled and PAP was able to increase the grant quantum for an increasing number of foreigners.
Singaporeans do have a choice to put an end to this sorry state of affairs. Hopefully, many will wake up, remove the PAP spurs stuck into the hides of local undergraduates and stick them into PAP. 🙂