02 Sep '11, 2am

Underplanning is in the health ministry’s DNA

Underplanning is in the health ministry’s DNA

Hospital bed supply trailing far behind increase in elderly numbers I had already pointed out that something about the planning projections makes no sense. The planners used the assumption that the demand for hospital beds increases about 1 percent per annum. I took a quick look at demographic data from the 2010 census and showed that the population of elderly is growing by 4 percent per year. I am sure the civil servants at the Health Ministry can see the same numbers but somewhere along the line, the implications stemming from the data might have been rejected out of hand, perhaps because they conflicted with wishful thinking. You get a glimpse of that in the same Straits Times story:

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