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When patients launch unfair complaints against doctors

Patients who feel wronged by their doctors have recourse. But what if patients bring unwarranted accusations against doctors? There should be penalties to discourage spurious complaints from patients.

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Patients who think they have been badly treated by their doctor have recourse. They can appeal to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), the medical professional watchdog, for redress.

On average, about 150 such complaints are made each year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline When patients launch unfair complaints against doctors. Subscribe