Doctors ask to be exempted from Data Protection Act

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2014

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is urging the Government to exempt doctors from having to be registered as ‘data users’ under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA).

MMA president Datuk Dr NKS Tharmaseelan said they had written a letter dated Feb 10 to the Prime Minister and another letter dated Feb 12 to the Commissioner of Personal Data Protection requesting that doctors be exempted from the exercise since they were already governed by the Medical Act.

“The (Medical) Act provides for patients’ data to be protected and the Malaysian Medical Council could act against them for violating patient confidentiality,” he said, adding that the association did not receive any notice regarding this exercise.

He said doctors had been given until today to register or be slapped with a fine of up to RM500,000 or up to three years’ jail as spelled out in the PDPA.

Dr Tharmaseelan said the PDPA required all doctors to register as data users with an annual fee of RM200.

All doctors, he said, were required to register as data users if they were licensed under the Private Health­care Facilities and Services Act for a private clinic, chain clinic or dental clinic.

The association has also requested for an extension of three months from Feb 15 so that it could inform all doctors about the exercise and give them time to comply with the PDPA.

Dr Tharmaseelan said the association would also approach the Health Ministry for help in getting the exemption.

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