Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Double Tragedy

Tragic. Dr. Norbaizura was killed following an accident involving the ambulance she was travelling in, during a patient transfer. And now, the MOH has the cheek to say that because she was 'not confirmed', her family would not be eligible for compensation.
Never mind that she was killed on the job. Never mind that these HOs usually don't have any choice when they are asked to go accompany the patients. Never mind that the inefficiency of the system causes confirmation to take up to 2 years.
In the meantime, docs are cheap labour for the government, with little liability for them.

The Star published my letter today, as well as those of others expressing outrage. Though they did chop a lot out and minced my words. You wonder, if your very own hospital, or employers, won't look out for you on the job, who will?
My friend Mat stuck himself with a dirty needle once, while working in GHKL. He told me that the hospital wouldn't do anything, and he ended paying for the prophylactic AZT out of pocket. In most systems here, should any mishaps happen on the job, the doctors are covered. Be it accidental needlestick injuries or motor-vehicle accidents.

The very least workers expect is for their employers to look out for them. It's too bad that that doesn't seem to be case with the MOH.


Anonymous Bob said...

That's where an occupational health service comes into practise. Unfortunately, I'd imagine, the occupational health departments in Malaysia are rudimentary at best. And judging from many stories, I'm sure lots of people from other professions and vocations find the same problems in Malaysia. If they are injured or killed while on the job, they're just not covered. That's why Malaysia is still a developing country and not a developed nation. Two words my friend: Occupational Health. The arm of healthcare that looks after people in jobs (to put it simplistically). All companies, factories, and even medium sized businesses should have it if not some sort of occupational health policy instituted. Sickens me, all of this.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous ront said...

these kind of news just makes you want to return to Malaysia and expose yourself to these unnecessary risks, dont they?

6:58 AM  
Blogger Palmdoc said...

5:53 PM  
Blogger Palmdoc said...

OH is not "rudimentary" in Malaysia but just not well implemented and some workers are being exploited

Dept of Occupational Health Malaysia

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Sorry, I should have reworded my statement, 'implementation of occupational health practises in Malaysia are rudimentary at best', was what I intended to say. And as for the webpage supplied it reads 'The Page Cannot Be Found', ironically.

5:54 PM  
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