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Government Clinics without Doctor?

February 23, 2010

Government Clinic without doctors?


The 50 1Malaysia clinics in urban areas with medical assistants and nurses running instead of doctors are deemed illegal under the medical Act 1998. This is an unprofessional conduct on the part of government because medical assistants and nurses are not the ones who assess the patients and recommend the next course of action by writing case notes. Medical assistants and registered nurses however are not trained in diagnostics and have not undergone the thoroughness and training under medical experts and therefore their knowledge and ability is questionable. Even a doctor can make mistake in diagnosing patients what more medical assistants. Who will bear the cost and consequences of insurance claims when there is mistake in prescription and diagnosis?    

We welcome the government’s concern about the health needs of the people, but however government should realize that throughout the country, there are many general practitioner clinics available in almost every urban shopping complex and shop houses which will make 1Malaysia redundant. (more…)