Advisory to employers not to send workers to hospital unless it is a medical emergency
Issued on 19 February 2020
- The Ministry of Manpower received feedback from hospitals that employers were dropping off workers to have them tested for COVID-19.
- We would like to remind employers that:
- Hospitals will not be administering the COVID-19 tests to individuals who are well. This is to ensure that medical facilities and resources are focused on unwell individuals who need medical treatment.
- Do not send workers to hospitals unless it is a medical emergency. If the worker is unwell, employers should send him to a general practitioner to seek medical attention, who will make a proper assessment on whether the worker needs to be sent to the hospital.
- Employers should monitor the health of their workers by checking their temperatures twice daily and remind them to observe good personal hygiene such as washing their hands with soap frequently.
- Our hospitals are working hard to ensure that medical emergencies are handled promptly. We encourage you to be socially responsible and only send workers to the hospital if it is a medical emergency as doing so otherwise will deny immediate treatment to those who need it. Employers who act irresponsibly by misusing medical facility may have their work pass privileges suspended.