Ministry to probe problem trainees


  • Nation
  • Monday, 26 Jan 2004

SEREMBAN: The Health Ministry will investigate claims that discipline among medical assistant trainees at a training college in Jalan Rasah here has deteriorated. 

Ministry parliamentary secretary S. Sothinathan said an investigation would be conducted into the matter. 

“We view this matter seriously as it involves trainees,'' he said. 

Sothinathan was asked to comment on the claims by a group of Seremban hospital staff that discipline among the trainees had deteriorated as college authorities did not have the clout to act against delinquent trainees. 

According to them, the college had on several occasions recommended that trainees be suspended from attending the course but the training division of the Health Ministry would reinstate them, causing a conflict between the facilitators and the trainees. 

On Jan 15, six medical assistant trainees from the college were arrested for drug abuse. 

They had tested positive when the Negri Sembilan narcotics department conducted urine tests on 24 trainees after receiving a police report from authorities at the Seremban hospital. 

 

The trainees, aged between 20 and 25, admitted they had obtained morphine from drug pushers in Nilai and Kuala Lumpur. 

 

It is learnt that the trainees were also skipping lectures, smoking in the college and being disrespectful to facilitators. 

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