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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Don’t speculate on ‘nightmare’ specialist case, Health DG says

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah assures that stern action will be taken if the doctor accused of threatening violence on a houseman is convicted of wrongdoing.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says hospital authorities are looking into the matter and have identified witnesses to assist in the investigation. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has advised the public against speculating on a FMT report about a houseman who was allegedly roughed up and threatened with violence by a doctor at the Ampang Hospital.
In a statement today, he said this was because the case was under police investigation.
He said firm action, including disciplinary measures, would be taken if the relevant party was convicted of wrongdoing.
Besides lodging a police report, the houseman had also made a verbal complaint on the matter to the hospital, he added.
“The hospital authorities conducted an immediate investigation on the matter where the specialist medical officer concerned also spoke to the hospital’s director besides giving his statement to the police,” Noor Hisham said.
“This is to ensure that both sides are given the opportunity to clarify the real situation from their perspectives,” he said
He added that the hospital had identified witnesses to assist in the investigation.
FMT yesterday reported the houseman as alleging that the “nightmare” specialist had started screaming and shouting profanities at him when he wrongly presented a case during their rounds.
He claimed that the specialist had also shouted at other hospital staff, using vulgar and sexist language.
The houseman claimed that the doctor later grabbed him by the collar on two occasions and also threatened to punch him.
He said all this was witnessed by patients, nurses, housemen and medical officers who were there at the time.
“This was the second time it happened. In April, I made a police report after he threatened to punch me in the confines of a procedure room,” he said.
Noor Hisham said the ministry took the safety and health of its staff members seriously, adding that they were important assets.
“It is the aim of every individual at the ministry to deliver the best service to customers in a conducive atmosphere.
“In line with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, the ministry remains committed to ensuring, as much as it is practical, that the safety, health and welfare of its members are safeguarded while on duty,” he said. - FMT

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