Tuesday, May 13, 2014


PUTRAJAYA, May 12 (NNN-Bernama) — A total of 15,700 nurses are being recruited since last year to fill a shortage in government hospitals and clinics, said Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam.
Five thousand nurses were taken last year and 4,037 more in January and February this year, he said, adding that 2,972 of nurses recruited this year were from private institutions of higher learning while 1,065 more were from Health Ministry colleges.
He said the government has also approved one post each for Grade U54 and U52, Grade U48 (10 posts), and U44 (23 posts).
The ministry is looking into the possibility of providing five pairs of uniforms a year to nurses from three pairs at present, he told reporters after opening the International Nurses’ Day here Monday.
Subramaniam said the uniform sewing allowance would be repaid in full through salary while the ministry was also considering reimbursement for the purchase of shoes, also through salary.
He said of 117,305 nurses in the country, 80,055 were in the public sector and efforts were being made to raise the ratio of nurses to the population gradually from 1:375 to 1:300, 1:250 and eventually 1:200.

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