SINGAPORE (Mar 13): More than 1,200 individuals have signed a new letter of appeal drafted by three doctors to ask the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) for clarity on how they should verify the identities of patients, as well as their families and carers, in the scope of their work.

It comes in the wake of SMC on March 5 slapping a $50,000 fine on National University Hospital psychiatrist Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang for issuing a memo to a patient’s brother. Pretending to be the woman’s husband, the brother had called Dr Soo claiming the patient was suicidal.

Dated March 11, the 10-page letter of appeal for guidance says the judgement “erodes trust in the patient-doctor relationship, and compromises patient safety in emergencies”.

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