1st Mar 2021
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Dr Wan Rizal
MP for Jalan Besar GRC
Question No. 650
To ask the Minister for Health which body or institution has jurisdiction over the various organisations or individuals that purport to be providing psychological and mental health services.
Mental health services are provided by a multidisciplinary team (which includes psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychologists and occupational therapists etc), to cater to individuals with varying needs and conditions.
The professional practice of psychiatrists, nurses and occupational therapists are regulated by the Singapore Medical Council, the Singapore Nursing Board, and the Allied Health Professions Council respectively. Counsellors and psychologists are not regulated, but professional bodies such as the Singapore Association for Counselling and Singapore Psychological Society provide guidance on the professional and ethical conduct for its members.
In addition, under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA) at present, and the Healthcare Services Act in future, MOH regulates the provision and advertisements of licensable healthcare services to safeguard patient safety and welfare. This ensures that the conduct of mental health services within the auspices of a licensed healthcare service is subject to appropriate regulatory standards.
Organisations and individuals who claim to be offering licensable healthcare services such as medical clinic and hospital services, which may include mental health and psychological treatment, without an appropriate licence will be liable to the penalties under the various relevant legislations for service licensing and professional registration.