SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will not extend the public consultation period for the proposed amendments to the Voluntary Sterilisation Act (VSA).
The key amendment states that those with the mental ability, as defined in the Mental Capacity Act, will be allowed to give his/her own consent for the sterilisation procedure.
In June 2012, the MOH launched a public consultation on the proposed amendments, seeking inputs from medical practitioners and other interested parties.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that the feedback received was generally supportive of giving more autonomy to vulnerable members in society.
As such, they will not extend the consultation period.
Mr Gan said he has already introduced the Voluntary Sterilisation Bill in Parliament.
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