Thursday, June 06, 2013

Health Ministry to review CSMU

 Free Malaysia Today
Health Ministry is in the midst of reviewing the deregistration of CSMU, says Dr S Subramaniam.
KUALA LUMPUR: The medical programme offered by Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) in Ukraine which has been withdrawn from the second schedule of the 1971 Medical Act is now being reviewed, said Health Minister Dr S Subramanian.
Graduates of CSMU were required to pass the medical qualifying test to register with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) as a doctor.
“Our medical standards are very high and not only CSMU but if we have any issues with other medical programmes, we will not hesitate to de-register the programme,” the minister told reporters here today.
On Aug 7, 2001, CSMU received recognition to offer a medical study programme, however many complaints were received with regard to the institution and the performances of its graduates.
The Cabinet supported the withdrawal of the recognition of CSMU by MMC in 2005, but to ensure it would not affect Malaysian students studying there, the decision only involved students registered with the university after Dec 31, 2005.
In early 2004, the Malacca Manipal Medical College which had mostly Indian students was de-recognised by the MMC. Later in the year, AIMST’s Medical Faculty was also de-recognised by the MMC.
“During the reevaluation in October 2010, following several requests by CSMU, the evaluation panel found there were still serious weaknesses as found in the previous visits,” Subramaniam explained.
“It is not easy for the MMC to monitor all the colleges and universities registered, hence as and when we receive complaints we will monitor and audit.
“We want to ensure that medical status is maintained, hence the review will be professionally done with regard to the institutions and the performance of its graduates,” he added.
HKL undergoes expansion
Speaking to reporters during his official visit to the KL General Hospital (HKL), Subramaniam announced that HKL is undergoing an expansion with an additional eight wards which consists of 240 beds. The expansion programme also includes a seven-storey car park.
“The government has allocated approximately RM300 million for this project which will meet the demand of the growing number of patients,” he said.
HKL is also undergoing an upgrade in its facilities to allocate a separate ambulance pathway, banking and postal facilities and mechanical support centres.
“We do have plans for a one-stop Women and Children Hospital as well,” said the minister.
In his briefing to doctors, Subramaniam explained the process of managing patients and the importance of educating them.
On his actions to curb the shortage of specialist consultants, he commented that the ministry is venturing into possibilities of training for doctors and multiple pace training for doctors among which are in his pipeline.

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