Be reasonable, says MMA


PETALING JAYA: The authorities should be reasonable in enforcing the standard operating procedure when it comes to private clinics, says Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president said there had been cases where enforcement officers came down hard on clinics that exceeded the waiting area capacity.

“The authorities must understand that most people who go to a private clinic are unwell and usually accompanied by a family member or caregiver.

“Some of these patients require immediate care and we can’t turn them away.

“As doctors, I believe we understand the importance of the SOP much more than most people who are not trained in healthcare,” he said in a statement.

As medical frontliners also had infectious disease and prevention guidelines to observe, Dr Subramaniam said the general practitioners and their staff would do their best to control the number of people allowed in the clinic.

“However, at times, it can’t be helped. This is when we need the understanding of the authorities,” he said.

“We appeal to the government for some flexibility to be given in these instances as the private GPs are also frontliners and an important component in managing the pandemic.

“General practitioners also conduct Covid-19 screening while many clinics are now vaccination centres under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme,” he added.

Dr Subramaniam said the authorities should realise that many patients who were unwell with non-Covid-19 health problems were going to clinics as most government healthcare facilities were overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases.

“Private GPs have an important role in ensuring first line and primary care is still available to the people during this critical period,” he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Health , MMA , private clinics , SOP

   

Next In Nation

TAR UC to continue producing graduates of all races
Over 300,000 individuals to get third dose of Covid-19 vaccine in T'ganu
Covid-19: Total of 290 teachers in Sabah yet to get vaccinated, says deputy minister
No change in status of land gazetted as Muslim cemetery, says Nilai rep
Covid-19: Prices of self-test kits to be reduced before school term begins
Denying driving licences to senior citizens would be a last resort, says Transport Minister
Covid-19: Sabah’s daily cases dip below 1,000 for first time since Aug 4
Johor Ruler urges govt to speed up review on MM2H’s new criteria
Covid-19: 13,899 new cases recorded on Saturday (Sept 25)
KATC aims to be Sabahan-led aerospace tech company by 2026, says CEO

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers