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    From: See Leong Kit Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 04:45:06 -0000 Subject: [singaporeforum] See L K: Govt must compensate others fairly too Rejected by TODAY Ed s
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      From:"See Leong Kit"
      Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 04:45:06 -0000
      Subject: [singaporeforum] See L K: Govt must compensate others fairly too

      Rejected by TODAY

      Ed's Notes:
      1. We thank See Leong Kit for this letter.
      2. To discuss this, see
      http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=sintercom&msg=1829.1

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      Govt must compensate others fairly too
      by See Leong Kit
      9 November 2003

      I refer to your report "Paralysed accountant awarded $1.65 million
      payout" (TODAY Nov 8).

      The 28-year old accountant Ms Lim Hwee Ming was
      paralysed in 2000 after a 10m fall in Pulau Ubin
      during an outdoor adventure programme conducted by a
      private company. She is now wheelchair-bound and
      totally dependent on others.

      In 1995, a similar incident happened at the Pulau Ubin
      Outward Bound School run by the People's Association,
      a statutory board under the Home Affairs Ministry. A
      17-year old student had suffered severe head and
      spinal injuries from a 3m high fall, despite wearing a
      safety belt.

      He also ended up paralysed and wheelchair-bound for
      the rest of his life. In this case, however, his
      parents apparently have little legal recourse for
      compensation. Where is the justice? Why the double
      standard?

      In similar vein, if an NS son dies during training,
      they will hand over to his inconsolable parents a
      cheque for the "obscene sum" of around $100,000 (under
      the Workmen Compensation Act).

      What incredible irony! They pay themselves
      million-dollar salaries. They readily spend millions
      on HDB Upgrading with the political motive of securing
      election votes. And yet they cannot do "the honorable
      and morally right thing" in ensuring that those who
      die or suffer permanent disability during their NS
      stint are compensated adequately, since most NS sons
      are likely family breadwinners.

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      From: Sg_Review@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:54 pm
      Subject: Doctors too quick in suspecting NSman of malingering - Public Views

      ST Forums
      31 Oct 2003

      Doctors too quick in suspecting NSman of malingering

      I REFER to the article, 'Family sues NUH, 6 doctors' (ST, Oct 25),
      and the letter, 'NSman died of rare infection with high mortality
      rate' (ST, Oct 29), by the National Healthcare Group's Ms Tong Yoke
      Tho.

      I understand where Ms Tong is coming from. I accept the coroner's
      finding that Mr Chua Ya Ta had died from a rare infection with a
      reported mortality rate of up to 80-100 per cent.

      However, the point that concerns me the most is that the doctors
      attending to Mr Chua accused him of malingering. They might have been
      baffled by his condition but, as medical professionals, should they
      not have given their patient the benefit of the doubt?

      I understand that doctors do encounter malingerers and they would be
      better off helping patients who needed their attention.

      However, Singaporeans entrust the lives of their loved ones to the
      care of doctors every day. Surely, brushing off an NSman's complaint
      as malingering would be deemed irresponsible? This is especially so
      in Mr Chua's case.

      While it is not up to me to determine if there had been medical
      negligence, I hope that doctors understand the great responsibilities
      that are placed in their hands.

      Having said that, as an individual with a medical history, I must say
      that most of the doctors whom I have encountered have been thoroughly
      professional and competent.

      ALEX YEO SHENG CHYE

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      From: Sg_Review@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:22 pm
      Subject: "Malingering" NS Man Denied of proper medical treatment dies.

      Editors word;
      More atrocities uncovered. NS Man accused of malingering, denied of proper
      medical treatment and finally dies.

      These are not isolated incidents. In addition to direct physical and
      psychological abuse, denial of proper medical treatment is also a constant
      recurring feature of the Singapore Army.

      Many SAF doctors merely "go through the motion" of dignosing and treating
      patients, and often the results are catastrophic. These paper shuffling
      bureucrats have long forgotten their professional oath as medical doctors and
      replaced it with a bureucratic creed which favours career advancement in the
      civil service.

      Straits Times
      25 Oct 2003
      Family sues NUH, 6 doctors
      By K.C. Vijayan

      THE family of a dead full-time national serviceman is suing six
      doctors and the National University Hospital (NUH), alleging that
      their negligence led to his dying two days after he was admitted for
      a pain in the right leg.

      The six include a consultant surgeon and an orthopaedic specialist
      who attended to 23-year-old Chua Ya Ta in June, 2001.

      The dead man's parents, carpenter Chua Seow Cheong and housewife Tan
      Hong Eng, both in their early 50s, and his sole surviving brother, Ya
      Lin, 21, are behind the suit, which was filed in the Subordinate
      Courts late last month.

      A spokesman for the family's lawyers, Oei and Charles, said that the
      firm is in the process of serving the suit.

      Corporal Chua, who was a tank driver in the army, saw the doctor at
      his camp on June 15, 2001, when his leg started hurting, and was
      advised to go to hospital.

      At NUH, he received treatment and was sent home.

      But less than three hours later, he returned to the hospital
      complaining of pain and a fever that came and went, and was admitted.

      In the next two days, despite suffering from the pain, he was accused
      by two of the doctors of malingering 'to avoid his army training'.

      In fact, the morning after he was admitted, his girlfriend, IT
      administrator Gladys Seow, also 23 then, was told by a nurse that the
      hospital wanted to discharge Cpl Chua and was handed a bill for the
      medical charges.

      He was not discharged as by then, he had difficulties standing
      without assistance.

      At about noon, he fainted in the hospital toilet while showering.

      There was also blood in his stool.

      His condition worsened and at about 3pm the day after, he was given
      oxygen because he had difficulty breathing.

      By this time, his fingers, toes and face had also turned slightly
      blue.

      Distressed, his uncle, businessman Chua Kok Poon, who was visiting
      his nephew then, asked that he be transferred to another hospital.

      At about 5pm, he received a note from a doctor assuring him that Cpl
      Chua was in stable condition and not in 'clinical danger'.

      He was later transferred to the intensive care unit, where he died at
      11.10pm of an acute bacterial infection.

      The suit alleges that NUH doctors failed to take sufficient steps to
      diagnose the infection and prescribe early treatment.

      Contacted on Thursday, an NUH spokesman said that the hospital had
      referred the case to the coroner in 2001 and had cooperated fully in
      the investigation.

      She added that the hospital has always kept the lines of
      communication with the family open.

      'We also offered them grief counselling, as well as our fullest
      assistance whenever appropriate,' she said.

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