Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: Scammers are “injuring” another hospital by using its website to con unsuspecting expatriates, including doctors.
“Hartamas Medical Center” mirrors the website of Damai Service Hospital (HQ) (DSH) to hire foreigners by offering jobs with lucrative salaries and other perks.
The website, which is still running, lists several job vacancies, including for general surgeon, paediatrician, physiotherapist and nurse manager.
They have handphone numbers for people to contact although instead of a fake mailing address, the “hospital” lists the address of DSH on its website, which is about 5km away from the fake Dutamas Hospital, supposedly located in Solaris Dutamas, that was reported last week.
DSH officials were shocked when a doctor turned up claiming that he had been offered a job some weeks ago.
Chief operating officer Andy Soo, in denying any connection to the scam, said the expatriate doctor had a letter stating that he had been offered a job.
“But we do not send out official recruitment letters via e-mail,” he said yesterday. “We fear our reputation will be tarnished.”
Soo said reports with the police and the Malaysian Communica- tions and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had been lodged.
He said the hospital lodged the police report on Nov 5 after it received e-mails that its website was being mirrored by scammers.
It was reported that “Dutamas Hospital” offered salaries of more than US$9,000 (RM27,000) per month for executive jobs, in addi-tion to holidays, accommodation and other perks, to lure victims.
They targeted prospective expatriates into parting with their money by getting them to pay thousands of ringgit as visa and contract fees.
“Dutamas Hospital” had taken information from Columbia Asia Hospital Setapak's website.
Meanwhile, a source revealed that an ayurveda doctor from India had been offered a job by “Hartamas Medical Center” in October.
The terms of appointment were the same as that in the “Dutamas Hospital” scam.
MCMC said the case was being investigated.
Friday, November 23, 2012
New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has dismissed a suggestion to make it mandatory for female patients to be treated by female medical officers and female gynaecologists only.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: A “virtual hospital” is the latest scam targeting prospective expatriates into parting with their money by getting them to pay for Malaysian visas upfront.
The fake Dutamas Hospital offered salaries of more than US$9,000 (RM27,000) per month for executive jobs, in addition to holidays, accommodation and other perks to lure victims.
If they take the bait, they would be asked to pay thousands of ringgit upfront as visa and contract fees.
Its website, created early this month, displayed detailed information including address, contact numbers and a list of doctors.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Star Online
KUCHING: The Government has approved a project under public-private partnership (PPP) programme to improve facilities at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the programme would involve building, among other things, multi-storey car parks, daycare centre, pathology laboratory, medical apartment, and a blood bank at a total cost exceeding RM300mil.
“The most important is the multi-storey car parks due to the congestion in the hospital compound. The project tender will be called soon.
“As for the cost breakdown for each project, it has not been ascertained yet,” he told reporters after a working visit to SGH yesterday.
He said the programme was a priority under Budget 2013 which had allocated RM193mil for 35 approved healthcare development projects in the state next year.
“A lot of these projects including clinics under the Budget are already going on as they are under the rolling plan,” he said.
Under the Budget, the Government had approved an allocation of RM1.9bil for 257 projects nationwide.
Besides these projects, Liow also revealed that a RM35mil clinical research centre and a RM3mil acute psychiatric ward at SGH would be ready by next year.
The RM32mil Petra Jaya Health Clinic and a new RM5.5mil state-of-the-art mortuary with a good forensic service will also be ready by the end of the year.
Liow said the services at the SGH would be further enhanced with additional beds, with two vacant floors at the SGH Heart Institute in Kota Samarahan to be used for the purpose.
“The hospital has seen an improved performance as the number of beds has increased to 934 now compared to about 700 in 2009,” he said.
He said the Government had never neglected the healthcare services in the state.
“We have a lot of clinics here with eight more 1Malaysia Clinics to be built in the state next year.
“We also have the mobile clinics and flying doctor services.
“There will be more doctors to be sent here as there are 3,500 newly trained doctors every year,” he said.
He said doctors posted to the state were encouraged to serve in rural areas as it was a national call that they should take up.
“We give them incentives and promotional opportunities after two years of service and we have even shortened the period to six months for the specialists.
“In fact, a lot of these doctors have stayed back after that and some are even willing to serve in rural areas,” he said.
On a question about hospital security, he said money had been allocated to it.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
The Star Online
SEREMBAN: With an estimated 100,000 Malaysians dying every year from smoke-related illnesses, the Government may resort to having each cigarette stick printed with the words Smoking is hazardous to health.
In another drastic move to discourage people particularly the young from picking up the habit, cigarette manufacturers may also be barred from making claims regarding tobacco grade, quality and flavour of their product.
These and other new provisions are likely to be included in the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 when the Government intensifies its enforcement to make public places in the country absolutely smoke-free.
A government source told The Star that the Health Ministry would, in the next two weeks, seek public feedback online on its tough plan to discourage Malaysians from ruining their health through smoking.
The source said the proposed amendments are in line with the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Malaysia 2011 carried out recently, in which 83.5% of the respondents want 100% smoke-free public places.
“Under the ministry's proposal, the words Merokok Membahayakan Kesihatan should be clearly printed on every cigarette stick to remind existing and potential smokers on the dangers of lighting up,” the source said.
“With some 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke which, among others, have carcinogenic effects, the ministry also wants the tar and nicotine levels in cigarettes to be further cut,” he said.
It is learnt the ministry is proposing for the nicotine levels to be cut from 1.5mg to 1.25mg per stick and from 20mg to 15mg for tar content.
It wants this to be further reduced to 1mg (nicotine) and 10mg (tar) in due course.
The source said tobacco companies have, however, requested that the nicotine levels in cigarettes be reduced to only 1.3mg and tar levels to 15mg from 2014 and to 1mg and 10mg respectively by 2018.
“Also on the cards are provisions to compel manufacturers to increase the size of pictorial health warnings on their packs on the effects of smoking, from at least 40% currently to 50%,” the source said.
“The ministry is already looking at the Australian model, where tobacco companies are allowed only to sell their products in plain packaging; thus, being unable to use the strength of their brandname to market their product,” he said.
Under the plain packaging method, tobacco companies are not allowed to display their brand colours or logos on the packs.
The source said tobacco companies and importers will also be required to officially write in to the ministry each time they revise the retail price of their product.
“Another amendment states that smokers will also no longer be allowed to light up along the five-foot way or in any covered area which is part of a premises.
“In other words, if there is a perimeter wall outside a building, smokers will not be allowed to light up within the area,” he said.
The Star Online
KULIM: About 100 Malaysian doctors and medical specialists working overseas have expressed their interest to return to serve the country, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the number was obtained during road shows conducted byTalent Corp, a Government-owned agency that has been mandated to recruit and nurture talent locally and abroad.
The doctors and medical specialists were currently residing in Taiwan, Australia and United Kingdom, he said.
Liow said he was told that Talent Corp received many enquiries during visits to Taiwan and Australia recently.
“More importantly, many of them have expressed keen interest to come back. Some of them are well-known in their fields. We are happy and touched,” he said after a visit to the Kulim Hospital yesterday.