KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs) has disagreed with the proposal that disciplinary action be taken against hospital staff who fail to comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
Its president Adnan Mat said the authorities should study the cause of Covid-19 transmission in health facilities in a broader context, instead of immediately making statements while not knowing the real situation.
He said most people are aware that the latest wave of Covid-19 transmission saw a number of asymptomatic cases and infections.
“Cuepacs is in agreement if SOP compliance is emphasised among MoH staff to ensure that all necessary preventive and protective measures are taken to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
“However, to take disciplinary action is being unreasonable as these health workers have carried out their responsibilities to the best of their ability since the outbreak started in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.
Adnan was commenting on a statement by a public health expert of a local university, which was reported in a local news portal yesterday, recommending that the MoH enforce disciplinary action against health workers who fail to adhere to SOPs in efforts to prevent Covid-19 transmission in hospitals.
The statement came following an announcement by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah last Friday, that 1771 Covid -19 infections among health personnel have been recorded so far.
In addition, Adnan said, in some cases hospital visitors, especially those with symptoms do not adhere to SOPs and the health workers could have been infected from those who came to seek treatment.
As such he said, instead of pointing fingers and putting the blame on a certain organisation, all parties should work together to curb the spread of Covid-19, be vigilant despite the flexibility given and to always practice the new normal.