Black Monday: JB's Hospital Sultanah Aminah running smoothly despite call to strike


JOHOR BARU: Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA), one of the busiest hospitals in Johor, seems to be functioning as usual with no signs of the planned contract doctor's strike on Monday (April 3) morning.

Checks at the Emergency Department of the hospital, its main lobby and several other areas found operations proceeding normally.

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Despite heavy traffic on the rainy morning, no large crowd was seen waiting for treatment at the main lobby nor at the Emergency Department.

HSA was earlier said to be among the hospitals expected to be affected by the Mogok Doktor Malaysia movement.

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

Apart from that, it also called those who wanted to resign to do so en masse from Saturday (April 1), with the movement organiser saying it expected some 3,000 resignations within the month.

On Sunday (April 2), Johor Health director Datuk Dr Aman Rabu gave an assurance that medical services in the state would not be affected by the call to strike.

He said his department has yet to receive any sudden leave application from its contract medical officers for the dates mentioned.

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"We are monitoring the situation and have informed our directors and management teams to make sure their officers turn up for work," he told reporters after checking on a Ramadan bazaar in the evening.

Dr Aman said action would be taken against those who went on strike.

"We will first advise them and if they fail to comply, disciplinary action will be taken," he added.

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