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Raffles Hospital surgeon suspended for six months due to professional misconduct
 

Raffles Hospital surgeon suspended for six months due to professional misconduct

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An orthopaedic surgeon from Raffles Hospital has been suspended for six months due for not granting adequate hospitalisation leave to an injured foreign construction worker. The case has been ruled as professional misconduct in relation to "advancing the interests of the employer".
 
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3 Aug 2016 - General
 
Ziwei Xie , you are definitely right that the patient could have been referred to occupational health specialist. Here are my 2 cents from rehabilitation standpoint: 1.) The patient's injury is of the upper limb. The upper limb recovers slower than the lower limb in terms of function because the upper limb is used for fine motor movements. 2 days is insufficient to even do light duties such as writing 2.) As ...
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"The statement "fit to work" is as vague as the color purple. For some it's lilac, for some it's blue-violet, others periwinkle."- Marinelle Castro I totally agree with you there. It is like telling someone to drink in moderation. This term is very relative and telling a migrant construction worker to do light duties after undergoing orthopedic surgery for a hand fracture is really que...
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This can be complicated. I disagree to Dr Wong that this patient should do light activities . If the GP declared fit for work then the employer expected you are fully recover would assume you are fit for your full role. If you are not do your job 100% then the employer will do fit for your current role and require adjustments, you would usually have a fit note that says ‘fit with adjustments’ from your GP which should include some information about what would help you to be at work. If the adju...
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Well, as the word says light duty implies - doing light work. I don't think construction workers do know their rights. Furthermore, it is only normal in them to bow and follow what a person of a superior post to say. In your case where it is a fracture, a standard would be he needs rest. But in an industrial work environment, there is a grey line between providing a worker rest and getting a company penalized for having too much accidents on site.

A judge can say what they perceive ...
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The statement "fit to work" is as vague as the color purple. For some it's lilac, for some it's blue-violet, others periwinkle. Technically speaking, anybody who is awake with intact cognitive, sensory and motor function without impairments of locomotion can work. However, I completely disagree with Dr Wong that this patient should do "light activities" already. For one, he fell from an unspecified height and sustained fractures. This translates to moderate-severe tra...
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What do you all think? The balance between fitness to work and extent of injury. I find it contentious. The worker might have sustained a distal radial fracture, is he fit for light duty? I find that this surgeon does not know about occupation health sufficiently to order a light duty and that the judge is right to punish him. What is light duty to a construction worker? He probably will get away with it if he stipulate clearly what he means by light duty in the medical certificate and review th...
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