Medical Act amendments to address gap between parallel pathway, local master's programmes

KUALA LUMPUR: Proposed amendments to the Medical Act 1971 seeks to address the gap between the parallel pathway programme (PPP) and local master's medicine programme, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The Health Minister said as the amendment nears completion, the ministry hopes this will help the government empower and regulate both programmes.

"I hope that once everything is in place, all graduates can be registered – not only involving those from the parallel pathway programme but also those who pursue local Master's degrees," he told reporters after visiting Ampang Hospital on Wednesday (April 10).

Earlier in April, Dr Dzulkefly said the Health Ministry would propose to the Cabinet to expedite the proposed amendment to Act 50 by the Second Meeting of the Third Session of the Fifteenth Parliament in June 2024.

This is to ensure that medical specialists who have completed their training under the parallel pathway programme (PPP) will be registered and recognised, he said.

Separately, Dr Dzulkefly said since February, the ministry recorded 10 cases of heatstroke and 32 cases of severe exhaustion nationwide due to the hot weather.

"However, for infectious diseases triggered by the hot weather, the ministry has not recorded any cases yet, but we will continue to monitor the situation," he said. – Bernama

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