Reforming the disciplinary process for doctors

Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong attended sessions with doctors following the appointment of the work group in March. On the need to improve the disciplinary system, he said "this has been something that's been on the top of my
Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong attended sessions with doctors following the appointment of the work group in March. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Last Tuesday, a work group appointed by the Ministry of Health to review the practice of informed consent as well as disciplinary processes for doctors released a slew of recommendations aimed at improving the system to prevent a fraying of trust between patients, doctors and regulators. Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik speaks to Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong on the need for these changes.

Before he entered politics, Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong had already been unhappy with the disciplinary process for doctors.

He was a senior counsel who had represented some high-profile doctors, including surgeon Susan Lim and oncologist Ang Peng Tiam, in Singapore Medical Council (SMC) disciplinary hearings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline 'Reforming the disciplinary process for docs'. Print Edition | Subscribe