• Health officers offered contract positions by Malaysia’s MOH
    The Ministry of Health is offering contract posts for doctors, dentists and pharmacists are being offered contracts to reduce the long waiting time for postings.
  • Singapore's public healthcare system to regroup into three integrated clusters
    The Singaporean Ministry of Health announced that the healthcare system will be reorganised into three integrated clusters, from the existing six regional health systems. This is said to better meet Singaporeans' future healthcare needs.
  • Can pharmacy still be considered a great career in Malaysia?
    Over the past few years, the pharmacy profession in Malaysia has undergone several challenging situations. Aspiring pharmacists should take a step back and reassess if previous rosy views of a career in pharmacy still hold true.
  • Pharmacist found to have destroyed $1.5m worth of cancer drugs
    An Israeli pharmacist has destroyed massive amounts of cancer drug. His motivation behind such an act? Not getting his promotion.
  • Plastic surgeries: From restoration to augmentation
    A boom in society becoming increasingly concerned about their looks has, for doctors, presented an opportunity like never before for the inclusion of plastic surgery in their work, where it was once modestly hidden from the limelight that held medical procedures. However, research has also demonstrated that patients have a startling lack of awareness concerning the risks of plastic surgery. As medical professionals, this should be a cause for concern.
  • Should healthcare professional accept gifts from their patients?
    It is natural for patients to gift their physicians as an expression of their gratitude, but not all gifts to doctors bear innocent intentions. Physicians need to know when to turn down gifts that can potentially jeopardise the patient-doctor relationship.
  • Plans for 7,000 nursing cuts despite the UK’s growing nurse shortage
    A 9.4% vacancy rate and increasingly demanding industry mean nurses are stretched to breaking point.
  • Trump's vague healthcare decisions on the eve of his inauguration
    Donald Trump will be installed into the White House on 20 January. While he has assured Americans that his new healthcare plan would be much more affordable and cover all citizens, the vagueness of his plans raises much doubt. Will there be a favourable solution?
  • Two patient deaths as a result of pharmacists’ errors
    When medications are the patient’s lifeline, pharmacists are facing increasing pressure to deliver competent service. In separate incidences, two pharmacists in Canada made tragic medication errors that led to fatalities.
  • How bad is the counterfeit drug problem in Malaysia?
    Unfortunately, the issue of availability of counterfeit drugs is widespread within the Asia Pacific region, including Malaysia. To combat such an issue, the relevant stakeholders including pharmacists should have at least a basic understanding of the situation.
  • Revisiting the Nurse Victorino Chua story: The 'angel turned evil'

    To catch the Stepping Hill Hospital poisoner which killed a handful and injured dozens of patients, it took more than 100 detectives to go over 1,177 witnesses, 28,000 pages of case files, 3,291 statements, and 5,394 evidences – all which led to a Filipino Nurse named Victorino Chua, the self-styled ‘angel who turned evil.’

  • The need to develop a culture of research in nursing
    In recent times, the ageing of populations has become a forefront concern in many countries. Likewise, Malaysia is also experiencing an increase in the elderly population, as a result of the increase in life expectancy, low mortality and decline in fertility. Demographic projections have placed Malaysia as the fourth fastest ageing country in the world, and 15% of the total population will be elderly by 2035.
  • GP in Singapore sentenced to prison for illicit sale of cough syrup
    Making over S$600,000 in profit from the illegal sale of 25,765 bottles of cough preparation to drug abusers, Dr Tan Gek Young was sentenced to a two-year jail term and a S$130,000 fine by the court.