Dr Ng Eng Hen: Injured SAF soldiers will be sent to ‘nearest’ medical facility
Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012
Following a spate of unnecessary deaths of NSFs this year which saw the injured soldiers being sent to the SAF medical center first before a tertiary institution, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen clarified in Parliament on Monday that “there is no requirement that an injured soldier must first be sent to an SAF medical centre before they can be sent to a restructured hospital.”
According to Dr Ng, the ‘priority’ was to send the injured serviceman to the ‘nearest’ medical facility which could either be the emergency resuscitation facility or a restructured hospital’s emergency department.
“Evacuation to the hospital will be via land ambulance or helicopter if it’s a faster mode, after taking into consideration accessibility to the pick up point and activation and flight pad,” Dr Ng said.
Dr Ng reassured the House of the easy accessibility of servicemen to medical care:
“The SAF training areas are concentrated mainly in the western and northern parts of Singapore. These training areas are supported by a network of SAF medical centres. The average distance from a training area to the nearest SAF medical centre is about three to four kilometres.”
All Singapore born males have to serve two years of National Service under the Enlistment Act upon reaching 18 years of age.