Head of Dept in sexual harassment case recommended for suspension

Veena Babulal

KUALA LUMPUR: The independent body set up to investigate the sexual harassment cases in a Klang Valley hospital has recommended for the head of department (HOD) implicated in the allegations to be suspended.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad in a tweet today said that the body made two major recommendations.

One is to lodge a report to the Malaysian Medical Council to investigate the HOD for professional misconduct under the Medical Act 1971.

The other is for the Health Ministry to take the necessary action to suspend the HOD to facilitate further investigations by the relevant authorities.

“As to the rumours about transfers of doctors and specialists, please wait for further official statements from the Ministry on this matter,” he said.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also retweeted Dr Dzulkefly’s statement.

It was earlier reported that doctors in training complained of being sexually harassed by an orthopaedic department head at a hospital in the Klang Valley.

In response to the story, Dr Dzulkefly asked victims to e-mail him directly, and a committee comprising representatives from both the Health and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministries was set up to look into the matter. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd