SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a letter to Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Eric Yap, to commend the ambulance team who attended to Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat when he collapsed on Thursday (May 12).
Mr Heng had suffered a stroke during a Cabinet meeting and was later taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
In his letter, PM Lee said that the team was "highly professional and did an excellent job", adding that they remained calm despite the presence of doctors and ministers, and asserted themselves when they felt was necessary.
He recalled how paramedic Janice Lee Yi Ping pointed out when Dr Janil Puthucheary deviated from the standard operating procedure, and then continued to support him after he explained the situation to her.
The Prime Minister posted a copy of his letter to Commissioner Yap on his Facebook page on Saturday (May 14). In his post, PM Lee said he "was deeply impressed" by the team's performance.
"They were competent and confident, a credit to the SCDF, the life saving force," he added.
On Friday (May 13) evening, PM Lee said that Mr Heng's condition was stable but added that he would remain in the ICU "for some time".