Bid to bar weak medical grads

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016

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PETALING JAYA : The Health Ministry will soon bar medical graduates from being employed if they do not meet the minimum grades when they enter medical school.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that the Ministry was aware that agents were signing up students to study overseas, including those who did not meet the minimum grades required by the Malaysian Medical Council.

“We are going to do it soon,” he said when asked when the move would be implemented after launching the International Symposium on Precision Medicine yesterday.

With the decision, the affected medical graduates would not be accepted as houseman and not allowed to practise as a doctor.

On Sunday, The Star front-paged the issue of students with Ds and Es in science subjects entering medical schools abroad.

Certain foreign universities taking in such students had ignored the Higher Education Ministry’s requirement for the No Objection Certificate which certifies the minimum requirement. Instead, the universities conducted their own sub-standard foundation courses.

The current minimum requirement is 5Bs in Science and Mathematics subjects for SPM.

Asked how the Ministry could stop such students from being employed since the Medical Act requires that the Government accept all who graduated from recognised medical school into housemanship, Dr Subramaniam said that the Ministry was discussing with the Public Services Department on the conditions for recruitment.

Dr Subramaniam said that the Ministry had also proposed to the Higher Education Ministry to increase the minimum entry requirement into medical school to 5As.

“We also hope the moratorium on new local medical universities would be extended for another five years and would include moratorium on new programmes and additional student intake,” he said.

Asked if the Ministry would remove overseas schools that did not meet the standards from its list, he said that this had been an ongoing effort.

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