Cabinet Memo on Parallel Pathway Programme: Joint Cabinet memo by Ministries

PUTRAJAYA – A memo on an amendment Bill relating to the parallel pathways programme will soon be presented to Cabinet, according to government spokesman Fahmi Fadzil.

The Minister of Communications said that the memo will likely be issued jointly by the Health and Higher Education Ministries or individually by each ministry “within one to a two-week period”.

He told reporters at his weekly press conference Wednesday (5 June) that if all goes well, the Bill will be presented in Parliament’s next meeting or even later.

Fahmi said that the bill to be presented would help resolve the parallel pathways issue between two authorities, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and the Malaysian Medical Council.

The issue is between two agencies. The issue will be resolved if we present the amendment in Parliament. “We have to wait until the Bill is presented,” he said.

The Medical Act 1971, as amended by Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmed, the Minister of Health on May 27th will resolve the issues related to parallel pathway program.

Dr Dzulkefly informed the Dewan Rakyat in March that his ministry only had 14 cardiothoracic specialists.

In March, The Star reported that a shortage of cardiothoracic surgery has put some 1,500 patients with heart and lung diseases in government hospitals into a dire situation.

Some of these cardiothoracic doctors will be retiring in the near future.

Malaysian graduates who were sent to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh by the Malaysian government to study cardiothoracic surgeries are unable practice in Malaysia because their qualifications aren’t accepted by the MMC. The MMC responded by saying it never recognized the RCSEd program.

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