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Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks during the Tanjong Karang Dental Clinic Construction Project handover to his ministry in Selangor on February 24, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

Medical Act 1971 amendment to to address parallel pathway, local master’s programmes’ gap

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 — The proposed amendment to the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) seeks to address the gap between the parallel pathway programme (PPP) and the local master’s medicine programme, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

As the Health Ministry nears completion of the amendment, they hope this will help the government empower and regulate both programmes.

“I hope that once everything is in place, all of the graduates can be registered, not only involving those from the parallel pathway programme but also those who pursue local master’s degrees,” he told the press after visiting Ampang Hospital today.

Earlier this month, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry will propose the Cabinet expedite the proposed amendment to Act 50 by the Second Meeting of the Third Session of the Fifteenth Parliament in June.

This will ensure medical specialists who have completed their training under the parallel pathway programme (PPP) will be registered and recognised.

Separately, he said since February, the ministry recorded 10 cases of heatstroke and 32 cases of severe exhaustion due to the hot weather nationwide.

“However, for infectious diseases triggered by the hot weather, the ministry has not recorded any cases yet, but we will continue to monitor the situation,” Dr Dzulkefly said.

— Bernama

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