An unpleasant experience with an unprofessional SAF MO
Posted by temasektimes on July 8, 2012
I truly believe in My Yang’s issue/problems as I ran into the same doc & problem in another camp just recently on my last day of ICT last Fri, so I can relate his feelings & frustrations.
My left foot has recurring problems/pains for 1yr+, been on regular GP visits & had steroidal jabs done 2x, pain was unbearable after 5days on boots.Went medical center on day of out-pro to ask for referral to specialist @government hospital, 1st words out of his mouth was very very rude, telling me straight that referral doesn’t mean NSMen doesn’t have to pay a single cent and that I was trying to “geng”.
Well, I told him that as a medical professional, he should be asking about my feet pain & symptoms & more medical issues rather than telling me abt $$$ & costs or me trying to geng. I told him straight in his face that his attitude & rudeness is not the making of a pro doctor. I had been enduring the pain since day 1 of my ICT till the last day(5days ICT) & I wouldn’t come see him on the last day of out-pro and I don’t need any MC as well. Just for the record, it’s my last ICT since I’m turning 40 in few months.
Funny thing is, I took down his Rank name & time on a piece of paper, he asked me why I did that and his attitude changes after that(more calmer & slightly friendlier) and starts to talk more like a pro. I asked him what my problem was & the medical term my condition was so I can confirm with my GP for diagnose. He starts to apologies & said we’re on the wrong/different frequency & he said he can draft the letter to save me a trip to the polyclinic queue. This attitude & attention was what I needed in the first place
This doctor seriously need to change his attitude and his mentality, not all NSMen are trying to ‘geng’ & also as a medical practictional or fellow human beings, we should be humble & be nice. I cannot imagine all the NSMen he’s seen and those people that got abused by him verbally. I was 1 of the victims I guess.
With that said, I’m not going to be like Mr Yang to write to all, I’ll be following the proper procedures by going to the S’pore medical council (SMC), submit a statutory declaration and a formal complaint once I’m back from overseas assignment. Need time to draft the complaint letter due to busy work schedule.
PS: I believe he’s a local & he’s young in his late 20/early 30.
IN THE SAME SHOES
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.