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Medical litigation: Judgment on $100k fine clarifies when docs should or shouldn't be taken to task

When a complaint is made, should a case be taken up against a doctor? What constitutes professional misconduct? These and other issues are now clearer, after a court judgment laid out parameters for such decisions.

The recent judgment by the appellate court regarding the $100,000 fine imposed on Dr Lim Lian Arn by a disciplinary tribunal should be compulsory reading for the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), medical litigation lawyers and all doctors.

This is because it spells out very clearly when doctors must be taken to task, and when they should not be. It explains that even when doctors have clearly deviated from the norm, they may not necessarily be guilty of professional misconduct.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2019, with the headline 'Medical litigation: Recent judgment helped clarify issues'. Subscribe