4,000 sign petition over Singapore Medical Council ruling

They want minister to examine decision after doctor was fined $100k in disciplinary case

Petitioners are concerned that the ruling could fundamentally change the way medicine is practised in Singapore, by imposing a significant additional burden on doctors that will in turn increase the time and cost of treatment.
Petitioners are concerned that the ruling could fundamentally change the way medicine is practised in Singapore, by imposing a significant additional burden on doctors that will in turn increase the time and cost of treatment. PHOTO: ST FILE

Disquiet over a recent disciplinary ruling by a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) tribunal has prompted more than 4,000 people, many of whom are doctors, to sign a petition to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

The ruling imposed a $100,000 fine on Dr Lim Lian Arn for not telling his patient about possible side effects from a commonly used injection. The side effects usually last one to two days.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline '4,000 sign petition over SMC ruling'. Subscribe