Doctors must issue MCs responsibly, says MOH

The ministry plans to regulate doctor-led telemedicine services under the upcoming Healthcare Services Act and, in the meantime, is encouraging telemedicine providers to join the MOH Licensing Experimentation and Adaptation Programme regulatory sandb
The ministry plans to regulate doctor-led telemedicine services under the upcoming Healthcare Services Act and, in the meantime, is encouraging telemedicine providers to join the MOH Licensing Experimentation and Adaptation Programme regulatory sandbox.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that when medical certificates are generated electronically, doctors must be responsible and that there are security protocols to prevent fraudulent issuance of the certificates.

"The issuance of a medical certificate by a doctor, whether it is in a paper or an electronic format, carries with it the responsibility to ensure that the patient requires it on sound medical grounds and that such grounds have been arrived at after good clinical assessment," it added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Doctors must issue MCs responsibly, says MOH'. Subscribe