Debate in the papers
I must say today's Straits Times Forum page is filled with letters about doctors!
Today's Straits Times Forum page
If one is sensible and mature, they'll realize that at the end of the day, both patients and doctors should work together rather than against each other if they want to make things pleasant for each other.
I've had my own fair share of "last-minute" arrivals at the clinic. In fact in some cases the patients come AFTER the clinic closing time.
I remember fondly one patient who came to the clinic 5 minutes after we closed for his regular check up for diabetes and to collect his medication.
I asked him nicely whether he knew what time the clinic closed. And he replied "yeah I know. Sorry lah doc. I watched finish wrestling then I come"
"Yeah WWF you know! Smackdown!"
When I told my wife why I came home later than usual, she told me "Next time you should tell those patients that you wished you were watching Smackdown at home too!"
Frankly, all this has nothing to do with what time the clinic writes that it closes. I mean in many cases my clinic opens well past its closing time. Sometimes up to 1 hour after the official closing time. Most of the time we see cases where the patients could have definitely come earlier. But for some reason they don't. I think many Singaporeans work till very late too. So they can only bring their children or elderly parents to see the doctor at late hours after work.
We doctors can understand and accomodate. But we also hope that patients can understand our efforts, appreciate them, and not abuse that service.
Let's work together to make things better. Cheers!