TCM physician suspended three months, fined $2,000 over improper medical certificates

Cheong was also made to give a written undertaking "that she will not issue medical certificates without proper TCM examination of her patients".
Cheong was also made to give a written undertaking "that she will not issue medical certificates without proper TCM examination of her patients".PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician has been suspended from practice after an investigation found that she had issued as many as 122 medical certificates improperly over a three-month period.

Ms Cheong Thiam Mui was given a three-month suspension and fined $2,000.

In a statement on Wednesday, the TCM Practitioners Board said it received a complaint that Cheong Thiam Mui had issued the medical certificates to 109 students of a private education academy from Dec 2, 2013 to March 12, 2014.

She was at the time a TCM physician and acupuncturist at Cheong's Clinic in Burlington Square in Bencoolen Street.

The complainant, whom the TCM Practitioners Board did not name, alleged that the certificates were issued "without adequate TCM evaluation of the students' medical condition".

An Investigation Committee set up by the Board found that Cheong had, among other things, given out medical certificates to four of the students without a proper examination.

She also did not keep proper patient records of the students and "misrepresented the facts in the medical certificates issued by her for the 4 students".

Following the committee's findings, the TCM Practitioners Board suspended Cheong's registration as a TCM physician and as an acupuncturist from Aug 1, 2015. She was also fined.

Cheong was also made to give a written undertaking "that she will not issue medical certificates without proper TCM examination of her patients and that she will keep proper patients' records of all her patients in accordance with the Ethical Code for TCM Practitioners and relevant regulations", the Board said.

She was also ordered to pay for the costs and expenses of the investigation.