Should dishonest doctors be struck off?

Or are there some kinds of dishonest acts that do not merit such harsh treatment, if patients' welfare is not harmed?

Two dentists have been charged with cheating the Government through the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas).

They could well be the first of several doctors and dentists to be hauled up for cheating, since a total of 17 medical and dental clinics have been taken off the Chas subsidy scheme by the Ministry of Health for possible fraud.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2019, with the headline 'Should dishonest doctors be struck off?'. Print Edition | Subscribe