Heart surgeon fined $5k for failing to maintain proper medical records

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has fined Dr Lim Chong Hee of the National Heart Centre $5,000 for failing to maintain proper medical records.

The 46-year-old Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon has also been censured by the council.

The Straits Times reported that Dr Lim's case came before the council after a complaint was lodged against him, and it was discovered that he had not adequately recorded his discussion with a patient in June 2007.

He was charged with not keeping a proper record of the patient's consent to a lobectomy procedure.

The council highlighted the importance of the proper maintenance of medical records as a crucial aspect of medical treatment. It also said that the records help doctors avoid disputes with patients should one arise.