Doctor suspended for hurting a police officer and selling poisons without a licence

SINGAPORE - A doctor has been suspended for a year after two disciplinary tribunal inquiries were held against him in June, the Singapore Medical Council said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dr Khoo Buk Kwong, 53, who had been practising at Healthplus Clinic in Choa Chu Kang, had been earlier convicted in the Subordinate Courts of causing hurt to a police officer on duty and for selling codeine and promethazine without a licence. He was sentenced to two weeks in jail for the first offence and fined $60,000 for the second.

Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against him as his convictions implied a defect in character which made him unfit for the medical profession, the council said. In his mitigation, Dr Khoo told the first tribunal that he had been under "tremendous" stress due to family and personal circumstances, having been declared bankrupt due to failed investments since 2010.

He was suspended for three months starting from July 12 this year for the first offence and nine months for the second offence. He was also ordered to pay the cost of the disciplinary tribunal inquiries. The suspensions, which run consecutively, will end on July 11 next year.

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