Singapore to speed up medical council’s disciplinary procedures

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 21 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b226

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  1. Ben Bland
  1. 1Singapore

    The Singapore health ministry is strengthening the powers of its medical watchdog as it seeks to ensure that the large influx of foreign doctors in recent years does not lead to a decline in professional and ethical standards.

    Under proposed amendments to the existing medical registration law, the disciplinary process of the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is to be streamlined and the maximum punishment for errant doctors increased to a fine of $S100 000 (£50 000; €50 000; $70 000) and a lifetime ban.

    Although Singapore has one of …

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