Singapore Medical Council v. Chua Shunjie

Lee & Lee assisted Dr Chua Shunjie.

During the course of Dr Chua’s housemanship, a complaint was made against him by a patient for breach of medical confidentiality. It was alleged that Dr Chua disclosed the patient’s medical information without consent to his employer after Dr Chua was contacted by the employer to clarify the condition of the patient who had refused to resume work and had made a claim for loss of income.

Dr Chua was suspended from clinical duties and resumed his housemanship training at the next posting. He eventually completed his housemanshipbut his application to the SMC for conditional registration was refused.

Prior to completion of his housemanship, the Ministry of Health Training and Assessment Standards Committee lodged a formal complaint against Dr Chua with the Singapore Medical Council (“SMC”) alleging a number of instances of professional misconduct. A Complaints Committee was appointed to inquire into the complaint and eventually determined that a formal inquiry by a DT was warranted.

The Court allowed the SMC’s appeal and ordered that Dr Chua be struck off from the P-reg Register with immediate effect.

The Lee & Lee team inlcuded Julian Tay (Picture) and Theodora Kee.

Involved fees earner: Theodora Kee – Lee & Lee; Julian Tay – Lee & Lee;

Law Firms: Lee & Lee;

Clients: Chua Shunjie;

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Author: Michael Patrini