Suspension of cancer doc too light a sentence

Cancer is a major killer, responsible for one in three deaths in Singapore. My wife died of jejunum cancer at the age of 44.

It is not the patient alone who suffers from cancer; the whole family does, too, not just physically but also emotionally and financially. It is a long-drawn struggle.

Hence, I find that the eight-month suspension given to Dr Ang Peng Tiam for making false representations to a patient and failing to offer surgery as an option to be too light a sentence (Prominent cancer doc suspended for 8 months; June 29).

How can such a penalty compare to the distress suffered by his patient, especially when she died from the cancer, and her loved ones?

Why did the Singapore Medical Council take 41/2 years to start the probe?

Zainuddin Mohd Ismail

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2017, with the headline 'Suspension of cancer doc too light a sentence'. Print Edition | Subscribe