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GE2015: Gan Kim Yong responds to PPP chief's debate challenge

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Health minister Gan Kim Yong (centre), in response to People's Power Party chief Goh Meng Seng's challenge to a debate on healthcare issues, said he does not see a need for an open debate.

[SINGAPORE] Health minister Gan Kim Yong, in response to People's Power Party chief Goh Meng Seng's challenge to a debate on healthcare issues, said he does not see a need for an open debate.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "We have already had many opportunities to debate many of the policies in parliament as well as externally, and we have also conducted extensive public consultations, including Our Singapore Conversations."

He added that there were even separate consultations to gather input for Medishield Life and ageing population matters.

"We are happy to hear anybody who has any contribution to make, any ideas they may have, and we can take into account all these feedback in crafting our policies.

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"So whether there is a need for the debate depends on the issues. At this moment, I don't see a particular need to have an open debate because many of the issues have already been addressed and we continue to address them. Many of the policies are work in progress, implementation is on schedule...both infrastructure and our social programmes."

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