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The Public Service Department (PSD) has been urged to review the salary scheme for medical officers (MOs) – both doctors and nurses – to encourage them to remain in Malaysia. This is due to a recent rise in the number of medical officers migrating abroad for higher salaries.

The Malaysian Cabinet has approved government-use licences to bring in generics of Sofosbuvir – Hepatitis C treatment – amidst Gilead’s current licensing deal. This is in line with the efforts to present more affordable treatment options in the country.

UNAIDS, a regional data hub, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have launched a joint web platform that aims to strengthen the generation of strategic information and the use of national, subnational and key population data for evidence-informed programming on 13 September, at the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health.

Dr John Teo, a Sabah-based obstetrician and gynaecologist, has called upon authorities to revise the Sexual Offences Against Children Act. He urged for the inclusion of a “sweetheart defence” clause and stressed on the importance of educating our youth.

Representatives of the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) have strongly defended Johor’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital after a fatal accident led to certain tabloids pointing fingers at the hospital’s supposed inefficient treatment and negligence.

Dr Faizal Anwar has come under Australia’s APHRA radar following allegations of botched surgical procedures despite being suspended from practicing. On top of that, at least 12 women are in line to sue the Malaysian-trained surgeon and the clinic he worked at for substandard surgeries.

A recent survey of 358 individuals recorded waiting times endured by the general Malaysian public in government hospitals and clinics. The survey, carried out by Malay Mail Online, also touched on other reasons why some people have stopped medical treatment at public healthcare institutions.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) admitted on 20 August that the shortage of drug supply for certain medications was due to problems being faced by drug manufacturers. This comes after a news portal reported on 14 August that patients were rationed to less than a month’s supplies.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) urged on 18 August, for a more efficient and transparent process for prescribing branded medicines to patients, amid the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) “generic first” policy that has been changed to include pensioners. This has also generated unnecessary conflict and backlog of claims.

Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in Klang has allegedly been the subject of a viral video rapidly shared by netizens last weekend. The half-a-minute clip showed a rat feasting on the food counter of a canteen. Nonetheless, the canteen, which was ordered to close on Friday, has resumed operations that same night – after obtaining approval from authority.

In a response to the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s announcement that it will investigate the practice of private health insurance companies – for imposing administrative charges on private hospitals – insurance associations have rebutted; further urging government to implement greater transparency among private hospitals, as far as medical fees are concerned.