Friday, February 9, 2007

Doctor Sacked for filming Singapore Nurses in Shower

SINGAPORE : A doctor was sacked from a hospital here after he admitted filming nurses in the shower.

Described by colleagues and nurses as "a wonderful co-worker," the native of Malaysia left a black waist pouch with a video camera running on the wall of the shower room in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), The Straits Times reported today.

A ward staff nurse found the pouch on Jan 25 and took it to her supervisor. The tape was checked and hospital authorities were alerted. They found two holes in the pouch and the active camera.

The newly-graduated doctor doing a one-year stint at the facility was immediately suspended. He claimed to have been overworked and lonely as his family was overseas.

The hospital sacked the doctor because the filming "was an intentional act" regardless of whatever stress the doctor may have been under, Associate Professor Philip Choo, TTSH's chairman of the medical board, was quoted as saying.

Police are investigating the case. Choo assured the nurses that the contents of the tape would be kept confidential and seen only by relevant authorities.

The Singapore Medical Council was also alerted. Doctors who commit an offence that shows a defect in their character may be struck off the register, prohibiting them from practising medicine.

The showers adjoining each staff rest room are used by both men and women

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