Decision to set aside doc's conviction, fine cheered

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

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

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'. Subscribe