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Cancer specialist Dr Ang Peng Tiam of Parkway Cancer Centre fined by SMC
 

Cancer specialist Dr Ang Peng Tiam of Parkway Cancer Centre fined by SMC

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Dr Ang Peng Tiam, a prominent cancer specialist in private practice and medical director of Parkway Cancer Centre, has been fined S$25,000 by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) following a complaint by a patient in 2010. He was also censured and ordered to provide a written undertaking not to engage in similar conduct by SMC.
 
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23 Jul 2016 - General
 
The internet is a burden to us all. We do not know what exactly Dr. Ang has done as they didn't reveal the case in this article, but this concerns me much on how one mistake taints your good name. You may have saved hundred of lives but that one case will haunt you everywhere as anyone can just google search you and there it is. I have seen profiles of doctors in the US where you could see patient satisfaction, patient's comments about the service (which are highly subjective), law suits...
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Any complain about doctor that made it to the media will forever leave a stigma online and the image is forever tarnished. It is really unfair to blame the doctor for one mistake compared to the thousands of patient he may see a year. Even a murderer may not make it to the headline the way the doctor does. How fair is it for the medical council to publish the name of doctors in the media and forever tarnish their names. Their explaination: they have to be transparent to the public. The punishme...
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It is a common occurence now that if there is a complaint against a doctor, the first thing which happens is that there is a prominent news in the newspapers. The doctors are subjected to 'trial by media' and it deeply affects the image of the individual doctor. The image of doctors at large in the society also suffers as a result of this.
After multiple episodes of doctor shaming, assaults and destruction of hospital property, the courts have forbidden the police to file a criminal ...
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Defensive medicine is not good for the patients in the long run and produces a lot of unnecessary cost and burden to the healthcare system, however sometimes the situation is that if the doctor don't practice defensive medicine he will get into trouble in a lawsuit. Furthermore, if one were to scan from head to toe just to find out the problem, it is going against one of the 4 pillars of ethics - justice as one is wasting resources. In another words to put simply, we can throw everyone into ...
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Ziwei, totally agreed. I think because of this day and era as patients getting more and more difficult, doctors especially those working for big organizations may tend to be more afraid of being complained than to abide on the principles that they learnt in medical school. For example some gps will make give and prescribe whatever the patient tell them and even give mc for something which may be considered malingering. We need to instill an environment that those who does complain may be penaliz...
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Oh wow that is bad news indeed. Nowadays patients like to throw law suits left and right. Of course there are times when they are right and the doctor is truly at fault but there are many instances where the claims are just outrageous. Sometimes you just want to settle as the time spent going to court and the amount you pay for all the appearances is just greater waste. We can try our best to avoid this by doing everything within the right practice of medicine and to explain everything the best ...
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I have patient's dad who told me my diagnosis for his daughter's prolonged cough was wrong as he has googled it to be bronchitis. I have dog bite patient who refused to take the antibiotics prescribed and complained to SMC saying that her dog bite got infected because I did not give IV antibiotics and did not prescribe any medication at all- I did not appear on newspaper because fortunately I documented the drugs prescribed! In her own words. I have patient who came in and demanded I wa...
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Bad news for doctors. The patient-Doctor relationship is getting from bad to worse. Gone were the days when the doctor's words were gospel to the patients. The culture is feeding on complaints. Majority of the complaints are not justified, especially in the outpatient settings. There is an increasing number of demanding patients who does not have any respect for doctors. They walk into the clinic expecting to be given something - eg requesting for slimming pills when bmi < 27, requesting ...
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