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External panel reviews SAF's medical care

The External Review Panel on SAF Safety visited the Headquarters Medical Corps on Tuesday (June 3) as part of its safety review of the Singapore Armed Forces. 

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been praised for making impressive strides in its medical support system, and for leading the way in some respects. This assessment was given by the External Review Panel on SAF Safety (ERPSS) following a visit to the Medical Corps’ Headquarters (HQMC) on Tuesday (June 3).

The panel is assessing the adequacy of SAF’s medical practices and got a first-hand view of some of the training facilities available to the medical staff there.

A member of the panel, Professor Julian Thumboo, Head of the Department of Rheumatology at the Singapore General Hospital, pointed out that the SAF's medical support system has advanced faster than the public healthcare system in terms of integration. 

Using the electronic medical record (EMR) system that has been in place at the HQMC for over 10 years as an example, he pointed out that the SAF was “leading the way”.

“It is basically the way forward for healthcare," said Professor Thumboo. "In polyclinics and restructured hospitals, the EMR was implemented only in the last several years.” 

The panel will next visit Army, Navy and Air Force units to review their safety practices and recommend improvements.

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