NOTICE PAPER NO. 967
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON 15 FEBRUARY 2022
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Dr Tan Wu Meng
MP for Jurong GRC
Question No. 1575
To ask the Minister for Health from 2018 to 2021 annually, broken down by gender (a) how many doctors were on structured traineeship programmes such as (i) Residency and (ii) Senior Residency; (b) how many became parents to a newborn child during traineeship; (c) what proportion of these doctors consumed their full entitlement of maternity leave or paternity leave respectively; and (d) of these doctors, how many (i) had traineeship extended by a year or more and (ii) resigned from traineeship before completion.
Between 2018 and 2021, there was an average of 2100 doctors in residency training every year, with approximately equal proportion of males and females. Around 13% of the residents currently in training had at least one new-born child during training over the past four years. Most of them were able to consume their full entitlement of maternity or paternity leave.
For residents with at least one new-born child between 2018 and 2021, two per cent had their training extended for more than a year due to maternity leave and no-pay-leave-related absences and less than five per cent resigned from training due to family commitments.