Jolovan Wham, Executive Director of fellow migrant-worker NGO, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) posted on his Facebook page the news that the Singapore Medical Council is holding a disciplinary tribunal over two doctors.

 

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TWC2’s clients have reported very similar experiences: severe injuries, yet given only one or two days’ medical leave. Workers report that doctors accede to employers’ demands to the keep medical leave very short, presumably so that the accident does not have to be reported to work safety authorities. Under the law, any accident which results in a worker getting more than three day medical leave (consecutive or otherwise) must be reported.

Jolovan notes that it has taken a very long time to get the SMC moving.

TWC2 has the same experience getting the Law Society to investigate shady practices of some law firms that prey on migrant workers: very little action despite many complaints.

Post-script: The SMC is apparently taking three doctors to the Disciplinary Tribunal even though Jolovan’s Facebook post speaks of two. The third doctor is from Raffles Hospital.