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Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks during the ministry staff’s monthly gathering at the Health Ministry complex in Putrajaya, on December 14, 2023. — Picture via FACEBOOK/KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

MOH stands by decision to amend Medical Act — Dr Dzul

HULU SELANGOR, April 28 — The Health Ministry (MOH) stands by its decision to amend the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) to bridge the gap between the parallel pathway programme (PPP) and local medical degree programme, despite objections from some parties.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said after conducting a comprehensive engagement session with the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE), it was found necessary to make amendments to the act.

He said the ministry has also received legal views from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Anyone can express their opinion, but both MOH and MOHE are aligned on this matter, in line with the comprehensive joint study and engagement. Therefore, we will soon submit this proposed amendment memorandum to the Cabinet.

“This is the process we are pursuing to resolve the issue, to clarify the status of both programmes and to address the shortage of medical professionals serving in government healthcare facilities across the country,” he told a press conference after a working visit to Kuala Kubu Baharu Hospital, here, today.

In early April, Dr Dzulkefly announced that the MOH would propose amendments to Act 50 to ensure prompt registration and recognition of medical professionals trained under the PPP, no later than the Second Meeting of the Third Session of the 15th Parliament in June this year.

However, the Group of Professors of Health and Medicine, led by its chairman Prof Dr Noor Hassim Ismail, disagreed, stating that the gap between the PPP and local medical degree programme could be resolved without amending Act 50.

Commenting on his visit to the Kuala Kubu Baharu Hospital today, Dr Dzulkefly said improvements in healthcare services, such as the placement of general medical practitioners since January last year, have successfully reduced congestion at Selayang Hospital.

“Previously, there were no specialists here, so Kuala Kubu Baharu residents had to go to Selayang Hospital for treatment. Now, with the presence of medical specialists, I see that we have gained their confidence to seek treatment here,” he said.

“Not only that, to enhance healthcare services at Kuala Kubu Baharu, we plan to establish an emergency department (currently only a unit) staffed with emergency medicine specialists by early May,” he said.

Dr Dzulkefly said other aspects needing improvement in government healthcare facilities in Kuala Kubu Baharu include services for the surrounding population, such as addressing congestion in the pharmacy unit and providing additional parking spaces.

— Bernama

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