Manpower Minister, Tan See Leng said today (22 Feb) that there is no need for employers to ask their employees who have tested positive for Medical Certificates (MCs).
This is because the healthcare system is still under strain from the the rise in cases.
Employers and HR should familiarise with protocols
Employers and their Human Resources (HR) team should first familiarise themselves with the current protocols in place and allow employees who test positive to not go back to work for the required period of time.
Employees are also not required to get a memo from a doctor or any proof of get assessed by the doctor to prove that they can go back to work after they have been discharged from their self isolation.
For those looking for infection records
Singaporeans who want to have their medical records updated with can go to and make an appointment to do a supervised self swab at any quick test centres (QTCs) or combined test centres around the island.
Once done, the individual’s Healthhub application will be updated in 30 minutes time.
An SMS notification will also be sent to the individual which they can use to show proof of past infections.
These swabs will be fully paid for by the Government until 15 March 2022.
Healthcare system feeling the stress
According to Mr Tan’s statement, the healthcare systems are feeling the stress especially at the polyclinics, emergency departments at hospitals and general practitioner clinics (GPs)
Most who visit the GPs reportedly have mild or no symptoms and most are just there to take an MC.
Mr Tan said that these visits are unnecessary as this will hinder the time for those who really need the emergency services.
Mr Tan is doing this shoutout as he have seen reports on social media and heard from his colleagues about the lines forming up at the clinics and emergency departments in Singapore.
He reiterates again that there is no need to visit the clinics and every individual should just be able to tell their employers about their conditions and that they have tested positive.
Urges companies to be more understanding
Mr Tan also urged employers and HRs to be more understanding and he also understood that there may be issues with manpower due to the virus.
He said that the current situation is just a face that we are all going through.
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