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Allied Healthcare Professionals Bill To Be Tabled In Parliament Soon

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Allied Healthcare Professionals Bill, which aims to help increase the standards of allied health professional services in the country, will be tabled at the current Parliament sitting, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today.

He said prior to this there were no regulatory framework covering professionals like biochemists, biologists and psychologists, and thus there were no minimal standards of profession that was required from them.

“There is also no attempt to put a minimum qualification and skills that they should have to be able to provide the service to the end user, who are the patients,” he told reporters after officiating the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition 2015, here.

Dr Subramaniam said it had not been easy for the ministry to draft up the new bill since it was not regulating one profession by itself but 33 various healthcare professionals under one law, and thus, it is quite lengthy and will require a lot of detailed discussions.

However, he did not elaborate further on the bill.

Meanwhile, addressing on the issue of vaccination for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, Dr Subramaniam said that they were not being given any vaccination
during their temporary stay here.

In lieu of that, he had requested to the Health Ministry to carry out the basic medical screenings on the refugees (Rohingya), but giving particular emphasis of the infectious diseases that they might be suffering.

“We will manage it so that any diseases by them will not spread as we are concerned about our public health,” he said. – BERNAMA

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