MALACCA: Punitive action awaits hospital and clinic owners who hire unqualified individuals as medical doctors or locum State Health Department deputy director (Medical) Datuk Dr Dul Hadi Mat Junid said they will take action under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 (Act 586) and Regulations 2006.
“We have decided to got after the owners of private hospitals and clinics as well as the bogus doctors themselves,” he said after a meet-the-media session in Kota Laksamana here.
Malacca Health, Sports Development and Anti-Drugs committee chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim and state Health Department director Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman were also present.
Dr Dul Hadi recounted one incident where a man masqueraded as a woman medical officer by wearing a baju kurung and headscarf in 2013.
“We also nabbed another bogus doctor recently and proceeded with legal action against him,” he said.
Dr Dul Hadi also said that many private medical practitioners had not been cooperating when checks are done at their premises.
“Some have even turned violent to prevent officers from executing their duties,” he added.
Dr Dul Hadi also revealed that enforcement on Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) practitioners will also start soon.
Meanwhile, Ab Rahaman said dengue cases in the state has risen due to the current hot spell.
He said 697 cases were reported from January to March 20, an 46.81% hike compared to the corresponding period last year.
He added among the areas with reported cases were Taman Asean, Taman Bukit Katil and Taman Desa Molek.