Ethics of Nkf

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A Dialysis of NKF – Weeding out the Unethical people in an Ethical Organization Ethics and Social Responsibility Prepared for: Professor Chandra Mohan Prepared by: Alwin Song Cheam Tze Shen Clement Chen Jeanette Wu Ngoh You’An Yan Cheng Kang

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SYNOPSIS...................................................................................................................................................... 3 INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................... 4 HAS NKF BEEN ETHICAL IN THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS? ............................................................... 5 (A) NKF CHARITY SHOW ............................................................................................................................ 5 (B) ADVERTISEMENTS (OVERSTATING THE NUMBER AND MAINTENANCE COSTS OF PATIENTS) ........................ 7 (C) SOLICITING DONORS DURING FREE HEALTH SCREENING SESSIONS .......................................................... 7 CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................................. 8 LESSONS LEARNT AND CLOSING WORDS ............................................................................................. 8 ANNEX A .................................................................................................................................................... 10 ANNEX B..................................................................................................................................................... 10 ANNEX C .................................................................................................................................................... 11 ANNEX D .................................................................................................................................................... 11 ANNEX E ..................................................................................................................................................... 12 ANNEX F ..................................................................................................................................................... 13 ANNEX G.................................................................................................................................................... 14

*Original paper was amended to deal with only the issue of the ethics of NKF’s fundraising efforts.

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Synopsis
An article about the installation of gold taps sparked a chain of events that ultimately led to the uncovering of questionable practices at the NKF. We are concerned about the major public backlash and the resultant plunge in donations pledged. We will thus examine two highly contentious issues from an ethical standpoint: a) the fundraising efforts of the NKF; and b) the remuneration and perks accorded to Mr. Durai.

Firstly, although the NKF was not honest in delineating their figures during fund-raising, we strongly believe that their efforts were largely ethical, albeit unconventional. Secondly, although there was a case for remunerating a visionary leader his appropriate due, we postulate that his compensation package was over and beyond what was necessary.

In conclusion, we irrevocably state that the NKF was largely ethical. The NKF has since revamped its management to be more accountable and transparent. We ask the public to exercise compassion and reconsider their reluctance to donate to the NKF.

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Introduction
“Who were we to play God?” recalled the former Chairman of National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Mr. Richard Yong1, when describing how the organization, due to the lack of funds, had to make excruciating decisions for which patients to be sent home with morphine to die. NKF is Singapore’s largest charitable healthcare organization and provides subsidized...
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