Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Hiring Practices Come Under Fire: Up to 80% of Staff Are Filipinos

Some investigative work by local Chinese media has uncovered that between 70 and 80 percent of Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s staff are Filipino nationals.

This has sparked questions over whether TTSH is deliberately hiring Filipino workers over Singaporeans to cut costs.

Labour Laws

Singapore’s manpower laws mandate that up to 40 percent of workers in a company can be foreigners. This applies to Foreigners on Work Permits and S Passes.

But this quota does not include foreigners on Employment Passes – which means that the total number of foreigners hired by TTSH could be more than the 80% figure.

This has raised several questions:

(1) If TTSH, which is a leading provider of healthcare services in Singapore is recruiting so many foreign staff, what about other hospitals?

(2) As a government hospital, shouldn’t TTSH be putting locals first when it comes to employment?

(3) Are Singaporeans not good enough, or hold too high expectations, such that they are unemployable even by TTSH’s standards?


Filipino service staff in Singapore have been recognised for their high standards of service and professionalism.

They are also a better fit in Singapore as they can speak English.

Put in a Bad Light

But the recent Edz Ello anti-Singaporean rant has put Filipino workers in Singapore in a bad light.

Edz Ello is a Philippine national, who’s working as a radiographer in TTSH. He’s recently been revealed to have posted derogatory comments about Singaporeans, and Islam on his Facebook, Google Plus and YouTube accounts.

TTSH has come under fire from the Singapore public. The hospital is perceived to be shielding Edz Ello, after putting him on admin duties as police investigate his claim that his social media accounts were hacked.

The public has slammed TTSH for retaining Edz Ello, while sacking former staff Roy Ngerng. It’s widely believed that Roy Ngerng was fired for taking part in protests to demand better CPF benefits, and accountability.




  1. RIA

    January 22, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Hope MOH will look into this and replace filipinos with Locals. I hv been for interview several times to TTSH but they alwayz say position is closed and i guess it given to a filipinos.

  2. Singaporean

    January 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Please investigate IMH as they hold a higher number.

  3. AESAN

    January 23, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I been pleading for a shelter from HDB since 2010. I feel that i have been blacklisted by the PAP for voting for an opposition way back in the early 2000. I am a single father and currently under welfare. I have gone now to apply for a rental unit since May 2015. I have submitted all the papers and even brought my social worker from the MSF but till now HDB has not replied nor in the process of renting me an unit. I have not brought house from HDB before. Although my CPF is low, don’t i have the right as a citizen of SINGAPORE to have a roof over my head? I see Pinoys, PRC’s and Vietnamese given PR status and an unit from HDB. Where in this world can you see this type of discrimination?

  4. angry bird

    January 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    don’t tell me MOM don’t know. we approved their work passes had to be thrown out and board of inquiry should be conducted. many big boys are doing likewise. bias and cunning

  5. Anonymous

    January 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    To cut cost? But hospital bills increasing.

  6. KC

    March 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Singaporeans voters has got no brain, keep voting for the PAP monkeys who pay themselves into the millions by squeezing your nipples for more and more milk

  7. CL

    April 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I was so surprised when i visited TTSH recently. And i thot i was in Philippines! Something not right with policymakers clamping down on foreign workers. Is the government telling us Nursing job cant be filled by Singaporeans??

  8. Lim how Kim

    April 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    If local can be employed.. then they are wrong
    Likewise.. how can we cope with the staffing.. what is the alternative.. someone voiced up should provide the solutions or better way…

  9. Anonymous

    April 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Singaporean now is the second class, not like before.

  10. Don

    April 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    The government is lying, has been lying and will always lie. That is the only way they stay in power. There is no government in the world that does not lie. This one party system leaves us at their mercy always. This is no democracy. There is no real democracy because people are locked out of decision making for their lives, and those in office have no accountability. Who can take them to task? The courts are all subordinate to the party. There is no hope. Rebel! Rebel! Rebel!

  11. Cindy

    May 12, 2016 at 12:21 am

    No wonder locals always got rejected when applied for jobs in TTSH, moreover TTSH is a govt hospital. FILIPINOS only provide lip service, no action – NATO. FILIPINOS are good in sweet talking

  12. Cindy

    May 12, 2016 at 12:23 am

    No wonder locals always got rejected when applied for jobs in TTSH, moreover TTSH is a govt hospital. FILIPINOS only provide lip service, no action – NATO. Locals must eat grass.

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