AMOs are not learning much compared to being in a government hospital

Shouldering a heavy responsibility: An AMO's selection of medicines in K1M is limited as most drugs, including antibiotics, can only be prescribed by doctors.

BORED, demoralised and fearful of wrongly diagnosing a patient — these are among the worries of assistant medical officers (AMO) on duty at Klinik 1Malaysia (K1M).

Several expressed frustration over the slow learning curve at these clinics compared to serving in a hospital.

“My clinic has very few patients. My day is considered busy when I see more than 15 patients.

“But it is the waiting that gets to you.

“I used to work in the Emergency Unit in a Johor Baru hospital and it was busy all the time. But the plus point is that you learn a lot there, unlike here,” lamented an AMO who wished to remain anonymous.

“Due to the long operating hours, we are short of staff even though there are so few patients. There must be someone here when a patient walks in,” added another AMO.

One AMO said he was worried about wrongly diagnosing a patient.

“A fever could be a symptom of various problems. I am constantly praying that I will not make a mistake when treating a patient.

“I am not a doctor, yet I am required to shoulder a similar responsibility,” he said.

Another MO said the medicine prescribed was not very effective.

“I do feel bad when I do not have the right medication,” said an AMO who used to enjoy working in Hospital Sungai Buloh.

If given the option, most would prefer to work elsewhere.

“I would rather work in a busy hospital and see patients with various ailments as that would be more challenging,” said an AMO.

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