Decision to set aside doc's conviction, fine cheered

Orthopaedic specialist Lim Lian Arn had given a commonly administered injection.
Orthopaedic specialist Lim Lian Arn had given a commonly administered injection.

Doctors, lawyers hail court ruling on specialist fined for not telling patient about side effects

Medical professionals have welcomed the decision by Singapore's highest court on Wednesday to set aside a judgment on a doctor who was fined for not telling a patient about the side effects of an injection.

Private orthopaedic specialist Lim Lian Arn was given the maximum $100,000 fine by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in January, a decision that more than 4,000 doctors responded to by signing a petition asking the Health Minister to intervene. They said the judgment was too severe and would lead to the practice of defensive medicine in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2019, with the headline 'Decision to set aside doc's conviction, fine cheered'. Print Edition | Subscribe