Shortage of O&G specialists due to high litigation rates and indemnity costs
Tanvi Ambulkar, 29 Aug 2017 High rates of litigation and considerable costs of protection against lawsuits are some of the reasons why trainees or medical students intending to specialise in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. Senior obstetricians are also quitting due to the increased work load and stresses. This presents a global challenge to keep mortality rates low.
Five deaths allegedly ‘linked’ to weight loss balloons; investigation on-going to determine root cause
Tanvi Ambulkar, 17 Aug 2017 Obesity is becoming an increasingly important epidemic in the modern world—much thanks to the fast food culture and increasingly sedentary lifestyles due to long working hours. In view of the death cases reported—allegedly linked to treatment for obesity involving silicone balloons—there have been speculations discussing the actual cause of these deaths. Nonetheless, investigation is currently on-going to determine any sort of direct connection between these two—and ultimately, the root cause of the patient deaths.
Fake doctor in Kedah may have some problems, says Health Minister
Reshmin Kaur Cheema, 17 Aug 2017 “Dr Ridzuan” – the now-infamous fraud was arrested after impersonating a doctor in a Kedah hospital for close to a year. Malaysian Health Minister (MOH) affirms that security will be reviewed and tightened to prevent any of such recurrence. Other experts are uncertain about ‘complete’ prevention – and believe psychological issues play a major role.