NOTICE PAPER NO. 1392
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON OR AFTER 5 OCTOBER 2022
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Mr Yip Hon Weng
MP for Yio Chu Kang
Question No. 2215
To ask the Minister for Health (a) what are the Ministry’s plans to streamline and enhance the palliative care process across the healthcare continuum; (b) how will the Ministry facilitate closer partnership between Health Promotion Board, Agency for Integrated Care, the Singapore Hospice Council and other organisations with expertise on hospice and palliative care to enhance the local palliative care landscape; and (c) how will hospital discharge processes be simplified with the goal of making it easier for patients to be in their preferred environment in their final moments.
To enhance the palliative care process, MOH works with healthcare providers on protocols for the early identification of patients with palliative care needs. Patients can then receive care in the appropriate setting (for example at home, in a day hospice, an inpatient hospice or a nursing home), and transfer between these settings as required. To support this, we are building both capacity and capabilities in all the various settings. This includes bringing palliative care into nursing homes.
MOH also works closely with Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore Hospice Council, and the Health Promotion Board to raise awareness of end-of-life (EOL) issues through the national Advance Care Planning programme, sharing EOL caregiving resources and public communications and engagement efforts, such as events and roadshows.
MOH is reviewing how to further improve hospital discharge processes for palliative care at home. This includes increasing support and respite services for caregivers.