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The threat of malpractice suits falls even on good doctors

In the United Kingdom, a doctor can expect to be sued four times in a 40-year career. The threat of malpractice suits falls on all doctors, even good ones, but it need not be this way.

Of late, there has been a great deal of publicity around doctors being punished for some sort of dereliction of duties and care, causing much disquiet and even anger among doctors here.

In Singapore, a patient or the family of a patient can seek redress from a doctor whom they think has been negligent and has caused harm by making a complaint to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) or mounting a malpractice suit, or both.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'When doctors are sued'. Print Edition | Subscribe