SINGAPORE: A patient who beat up a doctor over a medical certificate was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail.
23-year-old Nurhayati Shedek had gone to see a doctor at Tampines Polyclinic with two sisters on 27 August last year.
The victim, Dr Yeo Chye Luan, attended to Nurhayati’s younger sister, Nur Hazirah.
Nurhayati had confronted the 64-year-old doctor after finding out that her sister was not given a medical certificate.
She also wanted to know why there was no date indicated on the time chit issued by Dr Yeo.
When the doctor refused to issue a medical certificate and tried to phone for help, Nurhayati slapped her hand, grabbed Dr Yeo’s neck and shoved the victim’s head onto a table.
Dr Yeo managed to escape and went to seek help.
In sentencing, District Judge Ronald Gwee pointed out that the accused had been vicious and had injured a healthcare worker.
The maximum penalty for causing hurt is a jail term of two years and a S$5,000 fine.