Photo of Chee Hong Tat from Ngau Kai Yan CNA

Speaking at a conference with 180 doctors, dentists and insurance underwriters, Minister of State for Health, Chee Hong Tat, embarrassed himself with an unrelated example for his criticisms over the current healthcare model. Minister Chee said that the current healthcare system is unsustainable and inefficiency and gave the following example:

“Arm rests for patients doing blood tests used to be cleaned between patients and would be ready by the time the next patient arrived. But the procedure was changed for the arm rests to be cleaned in front of incoming patients — leading to time wasted waiting for them to dry. How does cleaning in front of people, compared to cleaning before the patient arrives, improve safety?”

The Minister’s question stunned his audience with many questioning the relevance to the point he is making. Minister Chee then went on to highlight a need to question the rules and purposes of certain procedures to improve efficiency.

Minister Chee was the former Principal Private Secretary of deceased Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew from 2008 to 2011. Despite having no experience in healthcare, he was appointed by PM Lee Hsien Loong as the Minister of State for Health.