A US Navy post graduate has said she is shocked and upset after receiving a letter from her university saying she had been “dumped” for medical care abroad.
Lisa Ann Nelton, who earned a degree in naval medicine from Washington University in St Louis in the US, was told she had lost her job and could not return home because her contract would not be renewed.
She said the letter came after a visit to the medical centre in Singapore.
The university’s head of medical affairs, Dr John Dye, told The Straits Times that she was devastated by the decision.
“She was very shocked and very upset,” Dr Dye said.
“The university has an obligation to its students, to the community at large, to not just educate and to ensure the health and well-being of our patients.”
But it also has an ethical responsibility to ensure that they have access to quality health care and that they are treated in a professional manner.
“She said her work was in a “critical and evolving stage” and she was not sure what she could do to return to her home country.
Dr DYE said the university would be seeking to contact Ms Nellons family and contact her overseas employer to arrange a “fair resolution”. “
It’s a very scary time right now,” she said.
Dr DYE said the university would be seeking to contact Ms Nellons family and contact her overseas employer to arrange a “fair resolution”.
The hospital did not respond to The Strait Times’ request for comment.
The Straitt Times has contacted the US Navy for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.
The Navy has also asked for Ms Nelleton’s visa to be cancelled pending further review.