Singapore

Doctor to appeal against $25k fine

Dr Ang Peng Tiam (photo), a cancer specialist in private practice, has been fined $25,000 by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) following complaints by a patient.

Dr Ang's company, TalkMed Group, has issued a statement to say that he has "been strongly advised to appeal against the decision" and has decided to do so.

A TalkMed spokesman told The Straits Times: "We have not yet communicated with the SMC as the formal and full grounds of appeal are still being prepared."

In 2010, a family member of a patient who had been treated by Dr Ang filed four complaints against him with the SMC. There were no further details on the complaints in the TalkMed statement.

It was one of 152 complaints against doctors the SMC received that year.

All the complaints are seen by a complaints committee which decides if there is merit to the complaints. If there is, the case is heard by a disciplinary tribunal.

The tribunal heard the complaints against Dr Ang, who is also the medical director at Parkway Cancer Centre.

It cleared Dr Ang of two charges, but found him guilty of the other two and imposed the fine on him.

Doctors found guilty by the SMC are usually given a month to appeal. Such appeals are heard by the High Court. If there is no appeal, the decision of the tribunal, and the reasons for the decision, are made public after a month.

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