Angry Doctor

Friday, August 18, 2006

Exodus 22:18

Once in a while something comes along that bugs angry doc enough to wake him up from his sleep, and to keep him awake.

This letter published in the ST Forum yesterday did that.

Some docs under drug probe

I REFER to the letter, 'Medical council should probe Subutex doctors' (ST, Aug 15), by Mr Peter Chean Ee Meng.

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is currently investigating a number of doctors for wrongdoing in the prescription of addictive drugs like Subutex.

The SMC is determined not to allow errant doctors to tarnish the medical profession.

SMC had, recently and in the past, successfully prosecuted a number of doctors for overprescribing additive drugs, e.g. Dormicum.

We thank Mr Chean for his comments and his point that doctors' duty is to act in their patients' best interest.

Dr Lau Hong Choon
Executive Secretary
Singapore Medical Council

It made angry doc read through the relevant sections of the Medical Registration Act again.

angry doc is aware that the SMC is authorised to inquire into complaints against doctors and to punish them if they are found or judged guilty, but he is not sure that it is the function of the SMC to 'prosecute' doctors, or that they should be proud to have been 'successful' in doing so in the past.



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