4. 今年，我很高兴能跟大家说，重建计划已经取得了一些重要的进展，公会目前正在与市区重建局（URA）和其他机构讨论相关的技术细节，包括适当的容积率（plot ratio），以便推展这项计划。我相信这个计划成功在望，能够落实。我也很期待新楼落成后，中华医院能继续为病人提供优质的中医服务，也能够为下一代的中医师提供一个完善的培训基地。
中医管理委员会领导 – 符喜泉主席
7. 2019年3月，在符主席的领导下，中医管理委员会召集了各领域人士，成立了一个工作小组，探讨新加坡当时的中医药业。工作小组举行了四次会议和五场专题讨论会，听取了超过200名中医界人士的意见。过后，它在五个重点领域 – 中医执业、教育、就业前景、科研，医疗法律 – 提出了许多建议，推进我国中医药的发展。
17. “健康SG”是一项意义重大的国家医疗保健策略，需要各方利益相关者和伙伴们 大家共同的努力，保持国人的健康，能安详地度过晚年。中医药能在我国医疗体系中扮演非常重要的角色。中医注重的还是预防性的医治，而不是生病后才医治。中医看人，多过看病。不过，中医医疗在自我管制的制度下，水平并不一致，要提高整体水平，还需要下一番努力。尽管如此，卫生部会继续与中医界合作，探讨如何让中医的“宝库”能够更好地为“健康SG”计划做出贡献，让全体国人享有更健康的生活。
ENGLISH TRANSLATED VERSION
Professor Teo Eng Kiat, President of Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association (SCPA)
Board of Directors of SCPA
Members of SCPA
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am happy to be here today to witness the inauguration of the 47th Council of Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association (SCPA).
2. From a small academic group set up by a group of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners (TCMPs) in 1946, the SCPA has grown to become a well-established TCM association, with more than 1,600 TCMP members. Established by SCPA, Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution is also a trusted TCM medical institution among Singaporeans, taking care of their TCM healthcare needs. The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to thank SCPA for its contributions to our healthcare system.
Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution’s redevelopment plans
3. To date, other than the headquarters at Toa Payoh, Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution also operates four other branches to better serve residents across Singapore. As many of you know, the redevelopment of Toa Payoh Headquarters branch has been in the works for many years. When I attended Chung Hwa Medical Institution’s inauguration ceremony last year, Chairman also mentioned to me that SCPA faced challenges in obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities, and he hoped MOH would help support their redevelopment plans.
4. This year, I am happy to say that some progress has been made, and the Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association is currently discussing the technical details, including an appropriate plot ratio, with URA and other agencies, to take the project forward. We believe that this project will be implemented. I hope that with the completion of the new building, Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution will continue to provide quality TCM services to patients and a good training base for the next generation of TCM practitioners.
5. Even as I congratulate the new council members, I would also like to thank past SCPA’s Board of Directors and Council members for facilitating discussions between the Government, TCMPs and patients, and contributing to the development of TCM in Singapore.
Recognising Mrs Yu-Foo’s contributions as current Chair (TCMPB)
6. In particular, I would like to highlight the efforts of the Chairperson of TCM Practitioners Board, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon. She has always advocated open communication between the Government and the TCM community to further the development of TCM.
7. In March 2019, under Mrs Yu-Foo’s guidance, TCMPB convened a committee to review the TCM landscape in Singapore. The committee held four town hall sessions and five focus group discussions, consulting and taking in views of more than 200 TCMPs. There were many recommendations raised based on five focus areas, namely: TCM practice, TCM education, employability and career prospects, TCM research, and medico-legal issues to forward TCM development in Singapore.
8. Under Mrs Yu-Foo’s capable leadership, TCMPB’s workstreams and processes were improved, as well as TCMPs’ education and the workflow of TCMPs’ Registration Examination.
9. Mrs Yu-Foo also set up two new sub-committees to raise the standards of TCM education and TCM practice. To facilitate the provision of high quality TCM undergraduate education for TCM practitioners, she appointed the Accreditation Committee in 2019 to review and set minimum standards for TCM undergraduate course curriculum, and to carry out assessments and evaluations of TCM courses.
10. With regards to TCM practice, a committee on acupuncture practice and training was also set up to develop a set of guidelines on the types of acupuncture therapies generally accepted by the TCM community, to enhance our regulatory system and protect public interest.
11. Mrs Yu-Foo will complete her three terms as Chair(TCMPB) by the end of February next year. She has indicated her wish to pass the baton to new leaders.
12. I believe everyone present today agrees with me on Mrs Yu-Foo’s efforts and enthusiasm to improve and develop the TCM sector. On behalf of MOH, I would like to thank Mrs Yu-Foo for her leadership and valuable contributions over the past decade.
Introduction of Dr Teo Ho Pin as next Chair of TCMPB
13. It was not easy identifying a successor to match Mrs Yu-Foo’s zeal and capabilities. After much deliberation with various considerations and in consultation with Mrs Yu-Foo, MOH has identified Dr Teo Ho Pin to be the next Chairperson of TCMPB come March next year. Dr Teo has agreed and he will be invited as Chairman-designate to join TCMPB to understand its operations.
14. Dr Teo is no stranger to us. He entered politics in 1996, and served as a Member of Parliament for close to 24 years. During his time in politics, he also served as the Mayor of North West District, and the chairperson of various Government Parliamentary Committees, including those for National Development, Environment and Water Resources, Home Affairs, and Law.
15. Dr Teo is also a patron to many clan associations, voluntary welfare organisations and Chinese temples. With his understanding and support of these organisations, he will be a great asset in engaging the TCM community. I hope that when Dr Teo takes over next year, the TCM community will give him your support, working together to further strengthen the TCM ecosystem in Singapore.
Role of TCM in “Healthier SG” strategy
16. Leveraging TCM strengths in holistic long-term care, I urge all TCMPs to work with MOH to advance the Healthier SG initiative.
17. Healthier SG is a significant and transformative national healthcare strategy which requires many stakeholders and community partners to work together to support our residents’ needs. TCM has an important complementary role in our healthcare system, as TCM focuses on preventive care, rather than treating illnesses. Although, much still needs to be done to improve the overall standards of care delivery. MOH will continue to explore how the “treasure trove” of TCM can better contribute to the Healthier SG initiative, to better the health of all in Singapore.
18. Finally, I would like to thank SCPA’s efforts in development of the TCM landscape so far. All the best to SCPA’s new Board of Directors, and I hope SCPA will continue working with MOH, to protect the health and well-being of all Singaporeans.