Parliamentary Questions on 8 April 2013

I will be asking the following questions in Parliament today (8 April 2013). I will also be speaking on the Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill, where I will ask for equalisation of parenthood benefits for single mothers.

I will be asking the following questions in Parliament today (8 April 2013):

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

*16. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Health which are the HDB towns and neighbourhood commercial centres serving HDB towns that have a below-average proportion of medical and dental clinics participating in the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS); what is the Ministry’s target for the proportion of private medical and dental clinics participating in CHAS by the end of this year; how will the Ministry plan to increase incentives or reduce barriers for more clinics to participate in CHAS; and what will these measures be.

*25. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Transport how many sinkholes have occurred since the start of excavation works for the MRT Downtown Line; how many of these sinkholes caved in again after being filled; how many motorists or pedestrians suffered injury or had their vehicles damaged as a result of these sinkholes; whether this is a reflection of the quality of planning conducted by LTA prior to tunnelling works or such works not being carried out according to plan; and what is the Ministry doing to eliminate the occurrences of such sinkholes which can potentially cause injury or death to motorists or pedestrians.

*33. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Health whether Government restructured hospitals are currently able to tap into patients’ CPF or IRAS records (with their consent) to process Medifund and other applications and, if not, when will the hospital systems be enhanced to spare patients the hassle of submitting their payslips, CPF statements or tax returns.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

16. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Health why women who have not passed the PSLE, have no secondary education, have three or more children, or are foreigners, are not required to undergo pre-abortion counselling by a trained abortion counsellor before undergoing an abortion.

17. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Health in each year from 2002 to 2012, how many abortions were carried out on or before the 12th week of pregnancy; from the 12th to the 20th week of pregnancy; from the 21st to the 24th week of pregnancy; after the 24th week of pregnancy; and on Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners.

The questions from other WP MPs can be viewed here. I will also be speaking on the Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill, where I will ask for equalisation of parenthood benefits for single mothers.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.