31 Dec '11, 11pm

Some foreign workers seeking help for botched medical treatment

Some foreign workers seeking help for botched medical treatment

When that hand injury just won't heal -- ST ILLUSTRATION: WEE CHEOW By Tan Hui Yee As a general rule, most fractures don't stretch the medical profession, but try telling that to Patient A, who turned up at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) seeking help earlier last year. The foreign construction worker had fractured the middle finger of his left hand at work and was treated by his company-appointed private doctor on the same day. But he was not given medical leave, went back to work and, within three weeks, had to leg it to the public hospital as he still could not move his finger. An X-ray revealed a disturbing sight: Three tiny screws used by the doctor to attach a metal plate to his fractured bone were wedged in his finger joint, effectively immobilising it. Related Links SUBSTANDARD SURGERY Background story CASE STUDIES Severed part of nerve not reattached A constr...

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