Cabinet okays plan to address nurse shortage

30 September, 2023

Courtesy of ICRT


The Executive Yuan has approved a 12-point incentive programme aimed at raising the number of nurses nationwide by providing higher salaries and a sound environment to address an acute workforce shortage.


The programme includes retention and night shift incentives, fostering more nursing personnel, an overhauling of the working environment, and implementing a standard 3-1 patient-nurse ratio per shift.


Under the programme, the ministry will also provide extra incentives for nurses working on the night shift -- NT$400-NT$600 per shift for the evening shift and NT$600-NT$1,000 for the midnight shift.

The incentives will be funded by Taiwan's National Health Insurance programme and is expected to cost around NT$18 billion (US$558 million) per year.


It is also expected to help recruit an additional 67,000-78,000 nurses a year from 2024-2030.

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