Task force told to take holistic look into training system

PETALING JAYA: The setting up of an independent task force to investigate the recent death of a houseman as well as bullying among healthcare colleagues should also look into the whole training system and other causes of stress related to work, says Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Koh Kar Chai.

“The setting up of an independent task force to investigate the recent death of a houseman and to look into bullying among healthcare colleagues, is a good move by the Health Ministry,” he said in a statement yesterday.

On Friday, the Health Ministry announced that it was setting up an independent task force to investigate the death of the trainee doctor and the allegation of bullying at government facilities.

This came after the media reported that a trainee doctor who was stationed at the Penang Hospital early last month was believed to have died after falling from a building last April 17.

MMA, said Dr Koh, had worked with the ministry throughout the years to look at the grouses among the healthcare personnel and there had been progress on this.

“We cannot deny that some cases of bullying have not been resolved satisfactorily and therefore an independent body will be useful in such cases,” he said.

In Melaka, junior doctors, who have been a subject of bullying, racial slurs and overworking can now complain directly to the Melaka health and anti-drugs committee chairman.

Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said he would personally handle each of the complaints by junior doctors.

“I am warning specialists and medical officers not to bully those under housemanship in all public hospitals. These junior doctors are there to learn and gain experience,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Muhamad Akmal said the complaints could be directed to him through his Facebook page and he would look into them without delay.

“These junior doctors can also meet me directly at my office,” he said.

He said the experience the trainee doctors went through during the housemanship period would give a long-term impact to their careers besides making them proficient doctors.