The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Don't limit what polyclinics can do


IT WAS unfortunate that Yishun Polyclinic turned down Mr Suppayah Thrungadam's request for a medical report to validate his driving licence as he is turning 65 soon ("Polyclinic's 'No' to senior's request", Monday), especially as his medical records have been with the clinic for the past 21 years.

It was inflexible of the polyclinic to deny the request.

I disagree with Mr Rajasegaran Ramasamy to comment that the polyclinic was right to turn away people seeking non-essential services such as the medical validation for a driving licence. ("Polyclinic right to say 'No' to senior"; Tuesday)

As long as medical doctors are registered, they should be able to perform the medical validation.

There should not be a limit on what polyclinics can do, or a separation of services between those provided by the polyclinics and the private clinics.

Ada Chan (Ms)