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05 Jul 2022

4th Jul 2022

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1126

NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER

FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON 10 MAY 2022

 

 

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang

MP for Nee Soon GRC

 

 

Question No. 2853

 

 

To ask the Minister for Health for each year in the past five years, what is the number and percentage of doctors who resign from public hospitals (i) within one year of completing their bonds (ii) within two years of completing their bonds and (iii) within three years of completing their bonds respectively.

 

 

Answer

 

 

MOH only has data on attrition of doctors by their age. Over the past five years:

Among 29 year olds, attrition rate went up from 4% in 2018 to 6% in 2019, then dropped to 2% in 2020 and 2021;

Among the 30 year olds, it was 8% in 2018 to 10% in 2019, then 5% to 6% in the last two years; and

Among the 31 year olds, it was from 6% in 2017, 9% in 2018, then 3% to 4% in the last two years.

 

There are many factors that affect attrition, including morale, job satisfaction, work conditions, and most importantly, a sense of mission. This explains why during the COVID-19 pandemic during the past two years, attrition rate generally dropped for doctors. We will continue to monitor these factors closely, and engage with staff to improve them, and address any issues.