Perak health exco member to probe hospital's dressing down of patient

IPOH: In the latest kerfuffle over dressing, a woman was reportedly scolded by a medical worker for being "indecently dressed" while seeking treatment at Hospital Kampar recently.

In the 11pm incident on Sunday (Feb 12), the woman in her early 20s arrived at the hospital's emergency unit seeking treatment and was criticised by the officer.

The issue has gone viral on social media.

When contacted on Monday (Feb 13), Perak health committee chairman A. Sivanesan said the woman was checked by the medical officer at the triage counter and found to be stable.

"The officer then went and got some clothing for her to wear.

"However, the patient told another hospital employee that she would seek treatment at a private clinic and left," he said.

"At about 1am on Monday, she returned to the emergency unit accompanied by a friend. She then registered and sought treatment from a doctor," he added.

Sivanesan said he was not sure if there were any standing instructions or dress code for patients at the hospital.

"I have also not met with the woman concerned to confirm what she was wearing at the time.

"I am not exactly happy with the response from the hospital," he said, adding that he may visit the hospital soon to find out what happened.

Malim Nawar Perak Youth Assembly representative Wong Chin Ho said a patient's dressing should not be an issue in seeking treatment.

"What if that person had an emergency while swimming?

"Would she need to get changed before getting treated?

"It is my sincere hope that medical workers prioritise human life rather than pick up on minor issues," said Wong, who once served as special assistant to a former state health committee chairman.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Johor Ruler marks his birthday with modest celebration after breaking fast
Subsidised diesel misappropriation activity in Sandakan taken down
PLUS to conduct open toll payment system trial run at Penang Bridge, BKE in September
DBKL to take random food samples from Ramadan bazaars
Floods: 439 evacuees seeking shelter at relief centres in Batu Pahat
Two men found guilty for possessing venison from hunted deer at Tabin wildlife reserve
HR Ministry: 800 Indonesian domestic workers entered Malaysia via One Channel System
Two killed, five injured as child escapes unhurt in Senai Desaru Highway crash
State Health Dept orders two eateries to close in Sandakan due to pest infestations
Improved facilities at Kudat’s popular Tip of Borneo when it reopens in April

Others Also Read