Re: [Mtgvenue] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF 100

Ole Jacobsen <olejacobsen@me.com> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:15 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Mtgvenue] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF 100
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>From patambyah@gmail.com Thu May 26 08:51:20 2016
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:51:18 +0800
From: Paul Ananth Tambyah <patambyah@gmail.com>;
To: Laina Greene <laina@getit.org>;
Subject: Re: need a letter from a doctor

Hi Ms Greene

Thanks for your email. Would an email reply suffice?

Can you let your friends know that I am a senior consultant Infectious
Diseases Physician at the National University Hospital who has held a
Singapore medical license continuously since 1988-89. The Singapore
Code of Medical Ethics is very clear that doctors are not permitted to
refuse treatment to anyone - see

http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/smc/en/topnav/guidelines/ethical_code_and_ethical_guidelines.html

Consent issues are governed by the laws of Singapore. For children, 
"The legal right to give consent for children lies with persons of 
legal parental responsibility" - see

https://www.sma.org.sg/UploadedImg/files/Publications%20-%20SMA%20News/4508/CMEP.pdf

If a child has been legally adopted by an individual or a couple of 
any gender and there is legal evidence to support the guardianship of 
the adult over the child, there should be no issue with the legal 
guardian (or guardians). Singapore is however taking action on human 
trafficking and if the authorities suspect that the child was a victim 
of trafficking, then they are entitled to take whatever action they 
think necessary to protect the child. It is best to ensure that all 
the paperwork documenting legal guardianship of children is cast iron 
in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

I hope that helps

Paul Ananth Tambyah
Professor of Medicine
Senior Consultant ID Physician