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In a new blow to the NHS' struggles, it has been uncovered that GPs are being offered cash to not refer patients – including cancer patients – to hospitals for tests and treatments. Will the schemes help NHS stay within budget without compromising quality patient care?

While HCPs know that a romantic relationship with patients are not allowed, patients may not know about the law or the 'boundaries' of a professional relationship. 

Can healthcare professionals (HCPs) date patients? The simple answer is: no. The complex answer is: maybe, it depends. To a HCP – if the lover is a patient – it can be complex and unethical. But, should society be more liberal to this? MIMS Today sits down with a few experts to discuss this issue.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has cautioned the public regarding the prescription drug, modafinil – in light of a recent case reported to the agency – of a woman developing life-threatening skin condition, after consuming the "smart drug".

Online pharmacies that operate illegally in the country are mushrooming as the vendors exploit the insufficiently monitored online ecosystem for financial gain. The situation is worrying as these illegal businesses pose significant health threats to the public.

While the government is encouraging more pledged organ donors, personal data of about 220,000 people and their next-of-kin have allegedly been breached.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) are working on the details to set up a Custodial Medical Unit (CMU), aimed at providing round-the-clock healthcare services – to bring down the number of custodial deaths.

It is estimated that one in ten medical products in low- and middle-income countries are fake. The WHO recently shed light on the complex interplay between a large market demand for cheap medicine and unscrupulous, selfish exploitation of these vulnerable patients.

The MOH, MMA, MMC and Muslim doctors voiced out against the proposal of implementing hudud law to punish criminals, as it violates the Hippocratic Oath’s “first, do no harm”.

Battling mental illness in a stigmatised society is challenging, but these brave individuals have to endure other invisible pressures. From the lack of social benefits to health insurance exclusion, is the situation another ticking time bomb?

The number of drug users, addicts and drug related offenders continues to rise over the years, raising concerns on how to combat this issue and whether the government is taking the right approach. While Malaysia and Singapore are opting for a more humane approach, the Philippines has been criticised locally and internationally for its extrajudicial executions in the drug war.