Tag Archives: GAN KIM YONG

Demoralising remarks from First World Parliamentarians

I have quite a few friends who work in the hospitals as doctors and nurses and I think it is quite unfair for Mr Low to label the daily battles they undergo as a sign that Singapore is regressing towards third world medical care. It is somewhat disappointing that for someone who keeps emphasizing First World Parliament, Mr Low decided to make this callous remark without thinking how it demoralizes the good doctors, nurses and medical attendees who are working long hours to attend to patients who need medical assistance.

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An Open Letter To Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister For Health

A lawyer friend laments: To make a simple and rather dismissive statement in parliament trivialises the issue and ignores the views of thousands who have taken the trouble to register their concern via the petition seeking a proper Review. I agree that the government cannot govern if they have to listen to the views of the citizenry, but this is not a matter of statesmanship, or of international relations or of economic survival. This is about the citizens’ views of the community and society they want.

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SINGAPORE KIDNEY PATIENTS UNABLE TO AFFORD HEALTHCARE AND CHOOSE TO DIE

Every year, some people choose death over dialysis when their kidneys fail. Without dialysis to clear toxins in their body, they are unlikely to survive long. But there are others who are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it, or because their families said no. Another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families as they were "old already". Six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive.

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Questions AFTER answers in Parliament

This wasn’t mentioned in Parliament but in a written reply to an MP’s questions on why the Health Promotion Board’s FAQs said that homosexual relations were not much different from heterosexual ones. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong stood by HPB’s side to rieterated that the FAQs were meant to give advice to young people and their parents from a public health perspective.

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NMP Gerald Giam should not accept Health Minister’s nonsensical reply

Public hospitals should not admit foreign patients and deprive Singaporeans of hospital beds. Period. Gan should have simply admitted that Singaporeans should be given priority, agree to channel all invited foreign patients to private hospitals in future, learn from whatever mistakes and move on. Gan shouldn’t try to save face, beat around the bush and try to wriggle out of a mistake. Singaporeans are by and large a forgiving lot and we are really not dumb.

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PAP WANTS MORE GOVERNMENT HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZEN HEALTHCARE NEEDS

The PAP Seniors group wants the Government to increase public spending in six areas to ensure healthcare stays affordable for older Singaporeans, especially members of the pioneer generation. The new lobby group for ageing issues set out its six proposals in a paper released on Thursday. They are for the Government to :

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Health Minister visits healthcare workers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong visited Tan Tock Seng Hospital today (Jan 31) to show his appreciation towards the hospital staff. It may be the first day of the Lunar New Year but it was business as usual at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where Mr Gan dropped by to distribute oranges and hongbaos to staff and visit patients.

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TAN JEE SAY: 10,000 MORE BEDS BY 2020 : GAN’S MAGIC WAND?

Does this mean that Singaporeans will continue to see their loved ones lying on beds in hospital corridors and make-shift tents in the years ahead? We can avoid this Third World situation either by increasing the number of beds sharply to around 35,000 beds by 2020 or reducing the total population appropriately, or doing both at a slower pace or in ways that do not degrade the quality of public service.

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PAP FINALLY CARES FOR OUR PIONEER GENERATION?

Healthcare affordability for the pioneer generation was the top concern at a dialogue session on seniors' needs. The newly formed People's Action Party (PAP) committee focusing on issues impacting the elderly held its first dialogue session on Tuesday evening. Facilitating the discussion, Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing said "quite a lot" of the input at the dialogue will go into shaping the government's Pioneer Generation Package.

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Citibank employees in Singapore infected with H1N1

Two Citibank employees working on the 22nd floor of its Asia Square office have been diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1), and another eight are suspected to be infected with the virus, the bank said in an email sent to its staff yesterday. In the email, Citibank said the affected staff were on medical leave, while the suspected cases were sent home to see a doctor.

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