Date: May 09, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen addresses a gathering of Taiwan’s nursing professionals May 8 in
New Taipei City. (Courtesy of Presidential Office)
President Tsai Ing-wen said May 8 that the government is leaving no stone unturned in strengthening working conditions for nurses and attracting talents to this vital occupation.
Nurses are crucial in delivering quality health care, Tsai said. To ensure they enjoy full rights and dignity in the workplace, a host of new measures have been enacted such as the addition of nurse-patient ratios to hospital evaluations, she added.
Other initiatives include the publication of these proportions each month and the awarding of bonus payments from the National Health Insurance program to hospitals that achieve designated ratios, the president said.
Tsai made the remarks at an event celebrating Taiwan’s nursing personnel held in the run-up to International Nurses Day May 12. Organized by Taipei City-based Taiwan Union of Nurses Association and Taiwan Nurses Association, the gathering also recognized participants for outstanding and long-term contributions to the vocation.