Parliamentary Questions Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 8 May 2017
1. To ask the Minister for Health
(a) what is the Ministry doing to reduce the waiting time for dental treatment at polyclinics;
(b) whether appointments for diagnosis and treatment can be made together with closer intervals; and
(c) whether the Ministry will consider getting private practitioners onboard to relieve the manpower shortage.
2. To ask the Minister for Health
(a) what is the average waiting time for a patient who is suspected of suffering from cancer to get a scan at the Government hospitals;
(b) what is the risk of the cancer metastasising during the waiting period of a week; and (c) what is the total number of PET-CT scan machines in the various Government hospitals.
3. To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) as part of the Ministry’s efforts to bring SMEs to expand and venture overseas
(a) how many SMEs have gone on Ministry-organised business trips over the past three years;
(b) how many SMEs have succeeded in developing new markets and expanding their businesses over this period; and
(c) what support does the Ministry continue to provide to these companies to help them grow in the new markets
4. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) in the past two years, how many vehicles with smoky emissions have been booked;
(b) how many of these vehicles are foreign-registered; and
(c) how are smoky foreign vehicles checked and turned away at the Checkpoints.
5. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) since the list of non-smoking areas was extended to include common corridors, void decks, sheltered linkways and parks, how many smokers have been caught for violating the non-smoking law;
(b) what are the penalties imposed; and
(c) whether the Ministry is stepping up its enforcement action.