Medical practitioners applying for the Annual Practising Certificate (APC) must also show that they have professional indemnity insurance and continuing professional development points, under new regulations to take effect on 1January 2019.
Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said the new regulations are stipulated under the Medical Regulations 2017 which came into force on 1 July.
He said at the moment the professional indemnity insurance is not compulsory but is taken up on a voluntary basis. He said that this is risky as medical practitioners could face claims of negligence or breach of duty in providing a professional service or advice, reported Bernama.
“The government has decided to provide ample time for medical practitioners to comply with the new requirements, and we think 2019 is the right time to effectively run this,” he said.