I was interviewed by the Al-Jazeera program last Friday at 9.30a.m. Basically it is about the leadership of Najib, the expectation of the rakyat and what Najib needs to do to regain the confidence of the rakyat and the support of the non-Malays.
I was told that the program would be aired on Astro’s Channel 513 on the coming Thursday. The full content of the interview will be uploaded unto the blog after that.
Apart from that,I like to response to some comments posted in relation to medical education in this country. I left out in my posting that I did have serious discussion with the chairman of MMC that Malaysia should implement a common unified medical examination for all medical graduates, both local or overseas. Of course there was strong objection. To them, it will be unfair to subject graduates from leading overseas universities to a local unified examination. My responses have always be the same, that if you’re good, you should not be worried about examination and the examination conducted properly is the best yardstick to prove that you’re good. However, this idea was not implemented since it has to go through many hurdles. I hope that the Minister of Health would continue what was initiated by me in the year 2007.
I fully agreed because of the rapid increase of private hospitals in our country, the government finds it difficult to retain senior doctors. Often the good ones will leave for greener pasture where working conditions are very much better besides a better remuneration. So, in the government healthcare system, you will find doctors who are not very senior training junior doctors.
When I said the MMC should review some of the degrees from some of the countries including Russia, I am not trying to paint everything black with a stroke of brush. It is a general statement where senior doctors have observed that some of the most poorly trained doctors come from Russia. Like any other system of education and training, there will always be people who are good, even when you place them anywhere. Hence, in any country, there will be great variation of standards.
I will not talk about perennial shortage of medical personnels in the government healthcare system. I will do some posting on it at some other time.
I have to attend a press interview with the Oriental Daily press. I hope to do some posting in late afternoon.