SINGAPORE: A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner has been suspended for a year and fined S$five,000 after a patient claimed that nasal treatments executed on him had brought about his nostril to “deviate” to the proper.
Mr. Ang Tick Waa, who worked at Angsana Chinese Physician and Medical Hall in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, had used a shape of remedy that was “now not the ideal and conventional shape of TCM treatment”, the TCM Practitioners Board stated in a press release on Friday (Jun 14).
The affected person had consulted Mr. Ang on several activities between March 2015 and July 2015 after he suffered nasal issues, inclusive of backflow of mucus.
During the consultations, Mr. Ang could treat the affected person’s nose by way of inserting a flat, skinny metal device into the nostrils for numerous minutes. The gauze at the tip of the device become dipped with medication.
The patient could then go back for the second part of the remedy, for the duration of which Mr. Ang would use a forceps-like instrument to cast off some substance, tissue or dry pores and skin from the patient’s nostrils.
The affected person made a grievance on Mar 17, 2017, and alleged that Mr. Ang had executed “irrelevant nasal remedy” on him and precipitated his nose to be “deviated to the proper”.
NOT ACCEPTED FORM OF TCM TREATMENT
A research committee couldn’t discover sufficient evidence to prove that Mr. Ang’s treatments had triggered the patient’s nose “to be shifted or deviated”.
Mr. Ang admitted to the committee that he had failed to perform an ok assessment of the affected person’s condition and a medical exam at some point of the consultations. The patient’s clinical record showed “an absence of one of these observations and findings”, the committee introduced.
Mr. Ang also confessed that the nose treatment he administered was “now not the suitable and well-known shape of TCM remedy”.
“By failing to use appropriate and accepted varieties of TCM remedy, Mr. Ang had uncovered the complainant to the hazard of possible harm and damage,” the committee wrote in its findings.
When the committee requested whether or not TCM or western medication turned into used inside the treatment, and to provide an image of the device he had used in the treatment, Mr. Ang refused to answer.
The committee stated despite the fact that this was Mr. Ang’s first offense, he changed into “not apologetic or remorseful” for his movements.
He had refused to cooperate with the investigations and did now not solution questions for the duration of the committee’s inquiry.
The board, in accepting the committee’s findings, suspended Mr. Ang for a yr and fined him S$5,000. He changed into additionally censured.
After his suspension, Mr. Ang has to additionally provide written undertakings to the board that he’ll stop the usage of “his approach of intrusive nostril treatment” on all patients” and not prescribe western or non-TCM medicine. He should additionally perform TCM tests and medical examinations well and effectively.
If he breaches any of these undertakings, his registration may be revoked without in addition connection with him.