SINGAPORE: After a five-year battle, convictions by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) against prominent aesthetics doctor Georgia Lee have been officially dropped.

In a rather rare move, SMC on Monday agreed for Dr Lee’s lawyer, Kuah Boon Theng, to file in the Court of Appeal, an application which clears the doctor of all SMC convictions.

The 43-year-old was found guilty of professional misconduct following a disciplinary hearing last year.

She was said to have breached ethical codes by practising unproven treatments, which included carboxytherapy — using carbon dioxide to improve a patient’s looks — along with another popular aesthetics doctor, Low Chai Ling.

The two women were fined the maximum S$10,000 each, censured and asked to give their word that they won’t commit the offence again.

In May 2012, Dr Low appealed to the High Court against her convictions, while Dr Lee appealed against having to pay the cost of the hearing.

In September 2012, Dr Low won her appeal against the convictions, as there were no official standards for aesthetic medicine at the time of the unproven treatment.

Early this month, the SMC decided to set aside the guilty verdict against Dr Lee, in light of the judgement on Dr Low.

Speaking to the media after the case, Ms Kuah said all parties are happy that there is finally closure on this matter.

“She expresses her gratitude to her family, friends and also her patients for their support,” said Ms Kuah.

The lawyer added that the fine that Dr Lee had paid to the SMC will be donated to support the work of the Law Society’s Pro Bono Services Office.

– CNA/fa/ac

By Claire Huang | Posted: 22 October 2012 1258 hrs

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