Friday, March 11, 2011

The Medical Act 1971 to be amended but remains cloudy

This is cloudy i must say, and how does one get a "No Objection" from The Ministry? What qualifies for a "No Objection"?

KUALA LUMPUR: The Medical Act 1971 is to be amended, making it easier for Malaysians studying medicine overseas to return home to practise.

They will also be allowed to study at any medical institution of their choice in the world, provided they obtain a “No Objection” certificate from the Higher Education Ministry.

Upon graduation, they can return home to sit a doctor’s competency examination (DCE? To reduce quota & discriminate based on race? Like The CLP?) After passing the examination, they will be eligible to register with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) to practise.

Previously, many Malaysian medical graduates were deterred from returning home to practise or to serve the nation because of recognition hassles and woes.

The good news for those aspiring to be doctors was announced by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in Parliament yesterday. In reply to a question by Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong), Liow said the Medical Act 1971 amendment bill would be tabled in June to facilitate the abolishing of the list of 375 medical education institutions recognised by the government.

“The bill is being fine-tuned.” Liow admitted that it was difficult to conduct regular monitoring of the quality of medical studies by institutions abroad because of geographical and logistical factors.

“The prohibitive cost involved in sending evaluation panels overseas is another reason.” Liow said a moratorium on new medical programmes offered at local institutions of higher learning would be enforced after the amendment bill was passed by Parliament.

“The moratorium, being worked out by the Higher Education Ministry, with input from relevant government agencies, is aimed at preventing the creation of a surplus of medical graduates.” The number of medical graduates registered annually with MMC has grown from 2,527 in 2008 to 3,150 in 2009 and 3,257 last year.

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