Cabinet approves amendments to Act 50 regarding medical specialist registration

PETALING JAYA – The Cabinet has agreed to amend Act 50 in principle, to address registration issues for medical doctors who obtained their specialist qualifications via a parallel pathway.

The Health Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday (5 June) that “the parallel pathway implemented in collaboration and with the Health Ministry, as well as the medical master’s programme offered by local higher educational institutions, helps to produce more specialist to meet the growing need for specialist services in health facilities across the country.”

These amendments were proposed in a joint Cabinet Memorandum by the Health Minister and Minister of Higher Education.

Once it has been approved by the Cabinet, the Bill will be presented during the Second session of the third term of the fifteenth parliament in 2024.

The proposed changes will allow both specialist training paths to be implemented more systematically from a legal standpoint.

The National Specialist Register of the Malaysian Medical Council will allow doctors who have completed these programmes to register as specialists.

The Health Ministry added, “This will allow us to quickly address any issues that may arise.”

The Health Ministry will make sure that quality training and services are maintained, as well as the competency of medical practitioners and specialists.

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