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KK Women and Children hospital prescribed EXPIRED medicines to one month old baby!!

Posted by temasektimes on October 2, 2018

In a shocking medication error, a one month old baby was prescribed EXPIRED medicines by Singapore’s Kandang Kerbau Women and Children Hospital (KKH)!

The stunning news was posted by Ms Judy Teo on Facebook in which she accused KK Hospital of prescribing an expired medication to her daughter:

“My daughter was prescribed with expired medication. Medication is meant to be dripped into baby’s nostrils. We were wondering why is it so that she did not get better despite using the medication for 1month plus(from date of being issued till date, resting in btw as instructed.) Upon checking, I was horrified to find out that the medication expired on 04/18 even when the medication was prescribed on 25/08/18. She was barely one month when she was prescribed with this expired medication.”

Source: Judy Teo’s Facebook

She also posted a photo of the expired medicine:

This is not the first time such a serious medication error was made by the hospital. In May this year, another child was given the wrong medication by KKH, forcing a rare public apology by KKH Head and Senior Consultant of the department of paediatrics Associate Professor Ng Yong Hong.

In an interview with the state media, she said:

“Investigations are being conducted and internal processes are being reviewed.”

Judging from the latest medication error, it appears that more reviews need to be done about KKH’s “internal processes.”

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Australia the country of choice for Singaporeans seeking to emigrate

Posted by temasektimes on October 2, 2018

Australia is the most desired country for migration among young Singaporeans followed by New Zealand, US, UK and Canada.

In a survey conducted by the Institute of Policy studies in 2016, nearly one in five Singaporeans between the ages of 19 and 30 wish to migrate with another one third seriously considering the possibility of doing so in the next five years.

On the whole, the survey findings mirrored that of the IPS’ previous study on emigration attitudes of young Singaporeans conducted in 2010.

In a census conducted by the Australian government Department of Immigration and Citizenship in 2011, there are 48 646 Singapore-born people in Australia, an increase of 21.7 per cent from the 2006 Census. The 2011 distribution by state and territory showed Western Australia had the largest number with 13 973 followed by Victoria (13 697), New South Wales (11 227) and Queensland (5984).

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DPM Teo: WP supports PAP ministers’ salary structure

Posted by temasektimes on October 2, 2018

Faced with a massive public backlash over its ministers’ astronomical salaries, the PAP has enlisted the help of its loyal sidekick, the Workers’ Party to lend to veneer of legitimacy to its so-called transparent “salary structure” in order to soothe the anger of Singaporeans.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean proclaimed that the Workers Party had endorsed the White Paper’s principles of salary determination in 2012.

“The WP and government proposals are “very close” to each other in principle and quantum…Indeed if, if there were a WP government in power today, by their own formula, a WP minister would be paid essentially the same as what a minister today is paid,” he added.

Source: Public Service Division

WP Chief Pritam Singh was quick to lend support to DPM Teo, reaffirming WP’s position beyond any reasonable doubt that “it was the same as in 2012 and agreed that the total amounts as presented in the table were accurate and correct.”

Pritam had earlier attacked WP critics on his Facebook saying that WP will not oppose for the sake of opposition and will support the PAP in the interests of Singaporeans. It is not befuddling how supporting the PAP ministers’ exorbitant salaries is actually in the interest of ordinary Singaporeans whose monthly median pay is a pathetic $4,000.

Though WP has six MPs in Parliament, it hardly offers any real opposition to the ruling PAP and instead supports its policies most of the time thereby giving the PAP the legitimacy it craves to portray Singapore as a “democracy” to the international community.

Former PAP Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew once lavished generous praises on former WP Chief Low Thia Kiang as an “agreeable” and “approved” opposition MP and upheld him as a “gold standard” for other opposition leaders to follow.

WP has constantly refused to work with other opposition parties to challenge the PAP. In 2011, WP Chief Pritam Singh let a Freudian slip when he told a shocked audience at a forum that WP will be keen to form a coalition government with the PAP if the latter fails to win a clear cut majority of seats in future General Elections.

With the fake opposition WP being planted in the opposition camp to confuse, weaken and divide the opposition, the PAP is expected to continue its political hegemony for the next 100 years.

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