Medical services in Johor will continue despite threats from group, says state Health director

JOHOR BARU: Medical services in Johor will continue as usual despite threats from the Mogok Doktor Malaysia movement, says Datuk Dr Aman Rabu (pic).

The state Health director said that the department has yet to receive any sudden leave application from its contract medical officers for dates where the strike is expected to take place from April 3 and 5.

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"We are controlling the situation and we have informed our directors and management to make sure that their officers turn up to work.

"We give our assurance to the people that services in Johor's medical facilities will run as usual," he said when asked to comment on the Mogok Doktor Malaysia group.

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He said this to reporters when met after conducting checks on a Ramadan bazaar at the Angsana mall here.

Also present was Johor health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon.

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Dr Aman said that action will be taken against those who take part in the movement.

"We will first advise them and if they still fail to adhere, disciplinary actions will be taken," he said.

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The group took to social media to call on contract doctors to take emergency or medical leave from April 3 to April 5 as a sign of protest.

Apart from that, it also called those who wanted to resign to do so en masse from April 1.

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Mogok Doktor Malaysia said it expected some 3,000 resignations in April.

Ling said that there is still room for discussion between contract doctors and the Health Ministry.

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"Although it is not under the power of the state government, I am always open to listen to the plight of the contract doctors and put forward their hopes to the ministry.

"I believe and am confident that contract doctors' hearts are with the people and they would still want to help their patients. Whatever it is, we can still discuss it," he said.

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