THE Association of Specialists in Private Medical Practice, Malaysia (ASPMP) views with great concern any suspicion or accusation by any member of the public, that a practising doctor could show prejudice against patients, for whatever reason.
ASPMP would like to give its full assurance that as doctors and specialists, we will always give our best, without any discrimination or prejudice towards any Malaysian, foreigner or visitor, no matter what their status, race, religion, colour, political status, position, beliefs, sex, age or illness.
Doctors here have always upheld and followed the principles of the Hippocratic Oath and have rendered the best care available, without prejudice to all their patients.
We have treated all categories of patients, from VVIPs to the poorest and to prisoners and criminals, without prejudice.
We will continue to respect all patients, and hold them in the highest regard, whether rich or poor and whatever their position or status.
As we live in a multiracial, multireligious country, we in healthcare have always worked in harmony alongside colleagues of all races and have served in all parts of the country, whether in government or in private practice.
Even though doctors and healthcare personnel may belong to certain political parties and hold certain positions, all practising doctors will and have always maintained a clear separation between their own beliefs and philosophies, so that the best care is rendered at all times.
There are and have been many great doctors, who both as political leaders as well as practising doctors, have faithfully served all their patients, without prejudice over the years, e.g. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon, Dr Chen Man Hin, Datuk Dr Wong Sung Kai, the late Dr Rajakumar, and current Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar, all of whom are or were very popular doctors.
Apart from the Hippocratic Oath, a highly revered Islamic doctor Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, also known as Razi, Rhazes or Rasis (AD 865-925), is quoted as saying:
“The doctor’s aim is to do good, even to our enemies, so much more to our friends and relatives.”
It is thus ingrained in doctors that we are to serve humanity without the slightest tinge of prejudice.
ASPMP urges all doctors, including specialists, to set the highest example of service and to carefully explain to all patients in the event that they are unable to treat the patient for valid reasons.
Among the valid reasons is the lack of expertise, being called to an emergency, or disrupted time-schedule of the doctor, so that patients do not think that they have been rejected.
The ASPMP therefore pledges unreservedly to safeguard these sacred principles among our doctors.
We will continue to set the example of a harmonious team of mixed races and beliefs, serving together for the benefit of society and the nation.
May this model of harmony, solidarity and cooperation of all the races working together to serve the nation, be an example set by the medical profession for everyone in society to follow.
PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
Association of Specialists in Private Medical Practice, Malaysia
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