OCCUPANCY RATES AT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS, AND CAPACITY TO ADMIT NEW INPATIENTS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health what are the current occupancy rates of public and private hospitals and their capacity to admit new inpatients. Mr Ong Ye Kung: There were 9,728 beds in the public hospitals as of end February 2022 with overall average monthly bed occupancy rate of 88.5%.  There were 1,929 beds in theContinue reading “OCCUPANCY RATES AT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS, AND CAPACITY TO ADMIT NEW INPATIENTS”

WAIVER OR REVIEW OF TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY REGULATIONS IN CASES OF IMPOSSIBILITY OF SURVIVAL OF UNBORN CHILD AND TO REDUCE ANGUISH TO PARENTS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) whether the Termination of Pregnancy Regulations requiring mandatory counselling and a 48-hour time lapse thereafter before termination of a pregnancy under 24 weeks are applicable in cases where the termination of pregnancy is medically certified to be required due to the impossibility of survival of the unborn child;Continue reading “WAIVER OR REVIEW OF TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY REGULATIONS IN CASES OF IMPOSSIBILITY OF SURVIVAL OF UNBORN CHILD AND TO REDUCE ANGUISH TO PARENTS”

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR CANCER PATIENTS TO DRAW ON UNDER RECOMMENDED CHANGES BY MEDISHIELD LIFE COUNCIL FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN SEPTEMBER 2022

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health under the changes recommended by the MediShield Life Council to be implemented in September 2022, whether cancer patients will have additional financial resources to draw on to cover the cost of cancer scans, beyond the current annual MediSave withdrawal limit of $600. Mr Ong Ye Kung: From September 2022, asContinue reading “ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR CANCER PATIENTS TO DRAW ON UNDER RECOMMENDED CHANGES BY MEDISHIELD LIFE COUNCIL FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN SEPTEMBER 2022”

VOLUNTARY ENROLMENT OF PERSONS BORN BEFORE 1980 INTO CARESHIELD LIFE SCHEME TO-DATE AND THEIR PROFILE AND PREMIUM PAYABLE

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) to date, how many persons born before 1980 have voluntarily enrolled into the CareShield Life scheme; and (b) what is the premium payable by such persons to join the Scheme, segmented by gender and age groups. Mr Ong Ye Kung: As at end January 2022, around 537,000 ElderShield 400Continue reading “VOLUNTARY ENROLMENT OF PERSONS BORN BEFORE 1980 INTO CARESHIELD LIFE SCHEME TO-DATE AND THEIR PROFILE AND PREMIUM PAYABLE”

PUBLIC AGENCIES AND LEGISLATION GOVERNING USE OF CCTVS INSTALLED ON PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES TO ENSURE PRIVACY OF NEIGHBOURING LAND OCCUPANTS IS SAFEGUARDED

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for National Development which public agencies and legislation govern the use of CCTVs installed on private residential properties, particularly to ensure that the privacy of neighbouring land occupants is safeguarded. Mr Desmond Lee: No legislation or public agency explicitly and specifically targets the use of CCTV cameras installed on private residential properties.Continue reading “PUBLIC AGENCIES AND LEGISLATION GOVERNING USE OF CCTVS INSTALLED ON PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES TO ENSURE PRIVACY OF NEIGHBOURING LAND OCCUPANTS IS SAFEGUARDED”

UPDATE ON TEMPORARY ELECTRICITY CONTRACTING SUPPORT SCHEME AND IMPACT OF EXIT OF ELECTRICITY RETAILERS ON SMES AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what is the Ministry’s assessment of the effect of the exit of various electricity retailers in 2021 on the electricity bills of small and medium enterprises (SMEs); and (b) how is the Government monitoring or managing the capacity of the remaining retailers so as toContinue reading “UPDATE ON TEMPORARY ELECTRICITY CONTRACTING SUPPORT SCHEME AND IMPACT OF EXIT OF ELECTRICITY RETAILERS ON SMES AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE”

SINGAPORE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs (a) to what extent has Singapore contributed thus far towards combating COVID-19 globally and regionally, whether through COVAX or other multilateral or bilateral initiatives; and (b) what further contributions will Singapore make internationally towards combating COVID-19 in 2022.   Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: Although we are a small country, Singapore recognisesContinue reading “SINGAPORE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19”

REVIEW OF ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES’ INVESTIGATION PROTOCOLS FOR TEENAGERS AND THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

8 Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs whether law enforcement agencies will review their protocols and implementation measures for dealing with crime suspects who are minors or who may have special needs. Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim: Sir, these questions arose from the case of Justin Lee, who was investigated for drug offences. AContinue reading “REVIEW OF ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES’ INVESTIGATION PROTOCOLS FOR TEENAGERS AND THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS”

IMPACT OF CORRUPT TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING FORMER LTA DEPUTY GROUP DIRECTOR ON STANDARDS AND SAFETY OF THOMSON-EAST COAST AND CROSS ISLAND MRT LINES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Transport what are the implications on the standards and safety of the Thomson-East Coast and Cross Island MRT Lines arising from the actions of a former deputy group director of LTA who has admitted in Court to numerous corrupt transactions involving contractors working on the Lines. Mr S Iswaran: I thankContinue reading “IMPACT OF CORRUPT TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING FORMER LTA DEPUTY GROUP DIRECTOR ON STANDARDS AND SAFETY OF THOMSON-EAST COAST AND CROSS ISLAND MRT LINES”

UPDATE ON CASES REFERRED TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL AND WORK DONE SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2014 TO STRENGTHEN SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES OF HOME TEAM

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs with regard to the Independent Review Panel (IRP) formed in 2014 to strengthen the systems and processes of the Home Team (a) how many cases have been referred to the IRP since its formation; (b) what is the nature of the cases referred; (c) who is the currentContinue reading “UPDATE ON CASES REFERRED TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL AND WORK DONE SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2014 TO STRENGTHEN SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES OF HOME TEAM”