Every year, there is a Physician’s Pledge Affirmation Ceremony for young men and women about to embark on a long medical career. This is a celebratory but solemn event with speeches by the president of the Singapore Medical Council and the guest of honour. This year, it was Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Second Minister for Health.
In his speech at the event earlier this year, he noted that while “most physicians are committed to provide their patients with the best care and highest standards... there are some who have failed in this regard”, and announced that the new Medical Registration (Amendment) Act (MRAA) will come into force this year. “Under the MRAA, we will establish a new disciplinary commission,” he said. “It will oversee the procedures and processes of disciplinary tribunals.”