02 Apr '11, 10am

Medical council changed rule to target doc, say lawyers via @cmswire

DR SUSAN Lim's lawyers argued yesterday that the amendment of a regulation and its subsequent revocation appeared timed to make a target of the well-known doctor. The amendment freed the legal adviser of the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) of the obligation to inform the other party of any advice he gave to a disciplinary committee (DC). Following the amendment, the SMC wrote to Dr Lim to tell her that the DC was no longer obliged to release such information. This was a departure from two months earlier, when the first DC was in session. Then, her lawyers had asked for and received a reply that that DC had not sought any legal advice. Justice Philip Pillai asked the state counsel from the Attorney-General's Chambers whether such amendments would affect ongoing cases. When the state counsel said yes, the judge responded: 'Are you serious?' Justice Pillai added: 'Are you tel...

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  1. 04 Apr '11, 1am

    i can understand why Dr Lim took SMC to court and filed a judicial review of its processes. Above all, government bodies should behave in a totally transparent way, a lawful way, to protect its citizens and principles of justice. For the Singapore Medical Council to have changed rules is quite shocking, and midway through her proceedings, and to deny her lawyers access to information about the advice of the disciplinary committee's legal assessor !!! That is disgusting and the SMC has broken its own ethical code !!

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