Dzulkefly: Draft amendments of the Medical Act are ready and stakeholders will be engaged before Cabinet review.

BALIK PULAU – The Medical Act 1971 has been amended to include the parallel pathway program, according to Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The Health Minister stated that the draft has been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers for review.

The AGC is currently checking the draft.

He said at a press briefing after officiating the opening of Air Putih Health Clinic on Balik Pulau, Friday (7th June), that “there will be engagement sessions” with stakeholders including the Malaysian Medical Council(MMC), Malaysian Qualifications Agency(MQA) and the Higher Education Ministry.

“Once stakeholder engagements have been completed, we’ll present the amended Bill to the Cabinet. We aim to amend the Bill in the upcoming Parliament session, which is this month.

Dzulkefly said, “We are hoping to have it on the table in the first sitting week so that we can debate it in the third session.”

Dzulkefly, on May 27, announced that the Medical Act of 1971 will be amended in order to address issues relating to the parallel path programme.

He informed the Dewan Rakyat in March of this year (2024) that only 14 cardiothoracic surgery specialists were employed under his ministry.

In March, The Star reported that the lack of cardiothoracic surgery left 1,500 patients with heart and lung diseases in government hospitals in a dire situation.

Several cardiothoracic specialists are nearing retirement.

The MMC does not accept the qualifications of Malaysian graduates who were sent to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh by the Malaysian government to study cardiothoracic surgeries.

The MMC responded by stating that they had never recognized the RCSEd program.

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