Dr Subra: Doctors must be indemnified and continue education under amended law

Dr Subra: Doctors must be indemnified and continue education under amended law

KUALA LUMPUR: Doctors will be required to have indemnity insurance and attend education courses in order to continue practising under the new law, says Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic).

The Health Minister said as part of the amendments to the Medical Act 2012 which comes into force Saturday, doctors would need to have both in order to apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC).

He said there would be a grace period to ensure doctors get enough Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points and obtain professional indemnity cover.

However, he said those applying for an APC from Jan 1, 2019, would need both qualifiers.

“This is to provide ample time for registered medical practitioners to comply with the requirements.

“The council places utmost importance on patients’ safety, thus it is crucial for practitioners to continuously update their knowledge and skills,” Dr Subramaniam said during a press conference here.

He revealed there were around 41,000 doctors with APCs in Malaysia, of which 27,000 were in public service and more than 13,600 in the private sector.

Under the Medical Act’s new rules, registration with the Malaysian Medical Council is required to be recognised as specialists, which covers fields like paediatrics, neurosurgery and psychiatry.

Specialists would have until December to register, but those already recognised by the MMC would automatically be placed in the National Specialist Register.

Another change is to the MMC itself, which will function as a corporate entity, giving the body under the Health Ministry more autonomy in managing its secretariat and funding.

Dr Subramaniam said the new composition of its secretariat would now include representatives from private higher education institutions to allow balanced input from academicians and doctors from the private and public sector.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/30/dr-subra-doctors-must-be-indemnified-and-continue-education-under-amended-law/#5G2TfhF1XOJILbJE.99

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