The great air-con debate: Is it time to relook 25-year-old policy of quality care 'without frills'?

Non-air-conditioned wards are a feature of a 25-year-old policy of providing quality care "without frills".
Non-air-conditioned wards are a feature of a 25-year-old policy of providing quality care "without frills". ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Time to relook 25-year-old policy of providing quality hospital care 'without frills', say experts

Subsidised patients in Sengkang General Hospital, which opened recently, recuperate in non-air-conditioned wards - a feature of a 25-year-old policy of providing quality care "without frills".

But a Straits Times commentary on the issue last week has sparked debate online and in the newspaper's Forum pages, with some arguing that patients in B2 and C-class wards should have access to air-conditioning as well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 26, 2018, with the headline 'The great air-con debate'. Print Edition | Subscribe