Be wary of those claiming to be 'registered specialists', warns Malaysian Medical Council

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should be wary of certain parties claiming to be a registered medical practitioner or a medical specialist, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) president said in line with Section 14C of the Medical (Amendment) Act 2012, an individual can be registered and practice as a specialist in a specific medical field under the MMC medical registry, if they meet terms stated in Section 14B of the Act.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the main requirements of being a registered specialist is that the said practitioner must be fully registered with the MMC, have recognised qualifications, attend specialist training in recognised institutions and prove that he is qualified and has good morals.

"All expert registrations must undergo evaluation by a special committee of the MMC who will examine all conditions above before a practitioner is certified as a medical specialist and can practice in this country

"No person or party can certify themselves as a medical expert in a field if their names are not in the MMC medical registry," said Dr Noor Hisham.

Dr Noor Hisham said the public can verify a practitioner's credentials on whether they are medical doctors or specialists, through the MMC official website.

"The purpose of MMC to provide this online facility is to assist the public in choosing medical practitioners and only certified medical specialists can give medical services and treatment in this country, including matters of referral on medical and public health.

"With this, it is advised that the public isn't confused or cheated by anyone who claims to be registered medical practitioners or specialists," added Dr Noor Hisham.

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