SMA Editorial Board
Letters to the Editor
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1. Points on Review of Constitution
The SMA council has decided to discuss principles
relating to the SMA constitution
periodically this year, and to bring relevant points
to the attention of members for
feedback throughout the year.
of manner of election of office bearers was discussed. The council would
like to recommend the following, pending consideration
when constitutional amendments
are proposed in the next AGM, should they be considered
a. There are at present, 16 elected council members each holding 2 year
term. Half of the
councils seats lapse each year and are up for election.
The council felt that to ensure
greater representation in the council, up to 4 additional
councillors can be permitted to be
co-opted by the elected council for the term of
that council. These 4 councillors would
not have the right to vote in council meetings.
The councillors could be appointed as
individuals or appointed by medical bodies so invited
by the SMA council to be
b. Presently not only are councillors elected in the AGM, the key posts,
ie. President, 1st
and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer
are all proposed and elected from the
floor at each AGM. The council felt that a better
system may be that the AGM elects
only the President and Council Members. Within 4
weeks, at the first Council Meeting,
the other office bearers would then be elected by
the Council Members from among the
elected council members and the general membership
would be informed via a circular.
2. MAAU Clarification on Medical Advertising Guidelines
The SMA has written to the Medical Audit and Accreditation
Unit to seek clarification on
the application of certain clauses of the Private
Hospitals and Medical Clinic Act -
Advertising Guidelines. The replies from Dr Ho May
Ling, Director, MAAU are
reproduced for your information.
Clause 1.8 Healthcare establishments are allowed to insert in
any of the approved media
referred to in paragraph 1.10 information pertaining
to their commencement of operation,
or any change of address. The advertisements permitted
under paragraph 2.1, 2.2, 3.1,
3.2, 3.3 and 4 may not be issued or published more
than once every 6 months except
with the prior written approval of the Director
of Medical services.
Application: We would like to bring to your attention the fact
that the listing of branches of
the group practice when announcing the opening of
a new clinic is acceptable practice.
2/9/97, Ref: MAAU 02-02/0-2 Vol 6
Clause 1.16 Healthcare establishments may post advertisements
on the Internet provided
the advertisements only contain the information
permitted under paragraphs 2.1, 2.2, 3.1,
3.3 and 4.
Clause 1.17 The Internet shall not be used to correspond or provide
information, consultation or advice to any member
of the public in such a manner as to
amount to soliciting or encouraging the use of services
provided by or at any healthcare
Application: Listing of healthcare establishments on the
internet must comply with the following:
1. The amended Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Advertising Guidelines
3. Colonic Hydrotherapy
in 9 May 97.
2. Doctors cannot advertise themselves independent of their licensed
3. The directory must contain an entire listing of all licensed healthcare
as published by the Ministry of Health in the Government
27/8/97 Ref: MAAU 02-02/02-2 Vol 6
To date, the MAAU has, to our knowledge given approval
to MediMedia and
Cyberbitz to list health care establishments on
The SMA received some queries from members with
regards the promotion of colonics
machine distributed by Medex Pte Ltd. The SMA has
sought clarification from MAAU
on colonics hydrotherapy and the reply from Dr Jeffrey
Cutter, Acting Director of
MAAU is reproduced for your information.
The Ministry of Healths
stand is to discourage the practice of colonic hydrotherapy.
The Ministry will also not approve any future applications
for medical clinic licence to
provide colonic hydrotherapy. The information provided
by Medex Pte Ltd that MOH
approves of colonics is not true. We will take
up the issue with Medex Pte Ltd.
Ref: MAAU (DF) 1-08, 11 September 1997