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Hospital bed crunch issue: MP Chia Shi-Lu elaborates on position

Published on Jan 9, 2014 7:43 PM
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Changi General Hospital started housing patients waiting for beds in this large air-conditioned tent this week. A Member of Parliament at the centre of an online furore due to his comments on the hospital bed crunch has elaborated on his position, and said the issue is due to several reasons. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

A Member of Parliament at the centre of an online furore due to his comments on the hospital bed crunch has elaborated on his position, and said the issue is due to several reasons.

On Wednesday, in a report on hospitals' unusual measures to tackle a bed shortage, The Straits Times had reported Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Chia Shi-Lu as saying that the crunch might be due to the holiday season rather than a spike in illnesses.

But some netizens disagreed. They argued that the reasons went beyond this, as such shortages crop up at different times over the course of a year, and have been a problem for several years now.

The holiday season "exacerbated" bed shortages in public hospitals, Dr Chia, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said on Thursday.

 
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