Netizens are outraged, disgusted and shocked at Changi General Hospital’s ‘unwavering’ support for its ‘pervert’ doctor Ivan Ngeow Ko Yen, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday for outrage of modesty of a NUS student when he exposed his genitals to her in Clementi.
Dr Ivan Ngeow was dressed in the female uniform of Victoria Junior College at that time. Besides the NUS student, he also exposed himself to another young girl who agreed to settle the matter out of court in return for a compensation of $5,000.
Despite the gravity of his offence and the fact he is currently seeing a psychiatrist, CGH still allow him to work in the hospital, stressing that Dr Ivan Ngeow remains ‘very much part of its team.’
Though Dr Ivan Ngeow is a Senior Resident Physician in Geriatric Medicine, he will need to interact with young female nurses and medical students in the course of his work as well.
Many netizens felt Dr Ivan Ngeow is not fit to continue working as a medical doctor at least in the near future and accused CGH of being ‘irresponsible’ and neglecting the interests of patients in its eagerness to retain him.
Susan Yap posted on Facebook she will not take the risk and allow her kids to be examined by Dr Ivan Ngeow:
“I don’t think he is fit to be dr at these moment. He should seek mental help. Put yourself in a mother position, do u feel secure to let him exam your girl or niece?? I will not take these risk as it is parents duty to protect their kids. CGH of continue letting him practice medical is a big risk to CGH staff & patients. It is a very irresponsible act.”
Lawrence Tay concurred:
” speaking from a fathers point of view…I would not want my daughter to be near him. If he has a mental illness…then get it attended to….and till it is overcome…he should take a leave of absence. The people supporting him are now culpable and negligent in their duties…gives us the impression that they are like minded…or lacking in morals…to brush off his behaviour as acceptable.”
Richard Ng wants CGH to sack Dr Ivan Ngeow immediately:
“Changi General Hospital is very irresponsible to continue employing this Sicko. Terminate him with immediate effect!”
Danny Tan put it succinctly:
“I though doctor must maintain some minimal form of ethnic , professional conduct above the normal people ? Just like pilot , they are train to handle more stress than us, The ethic committee of changi hospital condone his action ? If dont call pervert , how do you call a person who cross dress and expose himself?”
In a statement released to the media today, a CGH spokesperson said efforts to help Dr Ivan Ngeow ‘get back to his feet’ have led to him being allowed to see patients again and “he remained under the close supervision of his head of department”, Asst Professor Chuo Mee Leh Adeline: