Recommendation to suspend doctor involved in sexual harrasment in Klang Valley hospital

Veena Babulal

KUALA LUMPUR: The independent body set up to investigate sexual harassment cases in a Klang Valley hospital has recommended that its head of department (HOD) implicated in the case 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 investigation by the relevant authorities. “As to the rumours about transfers of doctors and specialists, please wait for further official statements from the Ministry on the matter,” he said.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also re-tweeted Dr Dzulkefly’s statement.

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

In response, 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.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. (NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR)

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