Another doctor fined for making false declaration to medical council

A third doctor was fined $4,000 on Monday for knowingly making a fraudulent declaration that he was not involved in any practice after his practising certificate expired.

Roy Chio Han Sin pleaded guilty to the offence in a letter of undertaking to the Singapore Medical Council on Feb 7 last year.

The 40-year-old doctor who practises at Dr Chio Aesthetic and Laser Centre and Famicare Bedok Clinic at Bedok South Avenue 3 had a second charge of practising with a invalid certificate taken into consideration.

A court heard that he had not renewed his practising certificate which had expired on Oct 31, 2011. To renew his practising certificate, he had to have obtained 50 continuing medical education points by then.

The SMC informed him in July 2011 that he would not be eligible to renew his certificate when it expired in October that year as he had failed to make up the shortfall of 26 points.

On Feb 1 last year, he made up his shortfall of 26 CME points and submitted his application for a new practising certificate.

Six days later, he submitted the letter of undertaking stating that he had not been in active clinical practice since his certificate expired. But investigation showed that he had, from Nov 1, 2011 to Feb 17 last year, been practising medicine.

Last Thursday, Dr Gladys Wong Mei Ling, 48, and Dr Ng Hor Liang, 45, were similarly fined $4,000 each for fraudulent declarations. Dr Ng was fined another $8,000 for practising medicine without a valid certificate.