NUHS won't seek $296k repayment of bills from worker

Healthcare group won award in court; foreign worker's firm had defaulted on bill payment

Bangladeshi worker Janaed (on bed) had suffered severe injuries from a 3m-high fall and is now a bed-ridden quadriplegic. In a separate case a few months earlier, his brother Jahid (in wheelchair) fell from a ladder while doing air-con maintenance wo
Bangladeshi worker Janaed (on bed) had suffered severe injuries from a 3m-high fall and is now a bed-ridden quadriplegic. In a separate case a few months earlier, his brother Jahid (in wheelchair) fell from a ladder while doing air-con maintenance work and suffered spinal and leg injuries. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JAHID’S FAMILY

A healthcare group, which runs National University Hospital (NUH) and Alexandra Hospital, has said it is not pursuing a $296,000 award it won in court against a quadriplegic foreign worker, whose employer had defaulted on paying his medical treatment bills.

"We understand his circumstances," the National University Health Services (NUHS) group told The Straits Times recently.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2020, with the headline 'NUHS won't seek $296k repayment of bills from worker'. Print Edition | Subscribe