Medical group calls for respectful work environment, says government must act to end harassment of junior doctors | Malaysia

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The MMI said studies and reports have revealed the existence of horrific horizontal violence and harassment against young doctors. – Photo of the Malaysian courier

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 – Malaysian Medics International (MMI) wants to end the bullying and mistreatment of internal officers following the death of a junior doctor assigned to Penang General Hospital.

The MMI said that studies and reports have revealed the existence of horrific horizontal violence and harassment against junior doctors which the Ministry of Health (MoH) has not effectively addressed.

The group suggested several steps that can be taken to help change the work environment for healthcare professionals, including changing the cultural mindset of workplace bullying and implementing more respectful communication in policies by Workplace.

They called for eliminating the culture of hard training, pointing out that prolonged exposure could lead to a toxic work environment.

“Furthermore, studies have shown that toxic work environments would indirectly compromise the quality of patient care provided by our future specialists and OMs if they were constantly subjected to horizontal violence and unfair work expectations,” said the group in a press release.

“We urge the Department of Health to be transparent when carrying out a major audit of current working conditions in horse riding. We advocate for the Department of Health to seriously address the current problem of horrific horizontal violence and enforce standards of compassionate mentorship and professional communication to all medical colleagues.

“Bullying, verbal and emotional abuse, racist remarks and gaslighting must be firmly opposed,” they said.

The group also urged authorities to regulate the working hours of junior doctors, saying the 65-75 hour work week was unfair to junior doctors.

The final recommendation suggested by MMI was to encourage the active maintenance of mental health and physical well-being in senior and junior medical staff.

“We implore the foresight of government to encourage positive professional and pastoral support in clinical areas with high workforce stress and time-pressed environments.

“In light of reports of doctors being ridiculed for seeking pastoral support in times of personal hardship, we are advocating for the Department of Health to implement better maintenance of mental health and wellbeing policies on the professional workplaces, as well as to facilitate the accessibility of medical personnel to mental disorders. the health services they need without any stigma or prejudice towards their active initiative to preserve their mental and physical well-being with the aim of providing better patient care,” they added.

Last week, the Penang health department confirmed the death of a housekeeper assigned to the state general hospital, after reports of the incident raised questions about the working conditions of young doctors.

State Director of Health Dr Ma’arof Sudin said the trainee doctor was placed in Penang Hospital on April 4 and died on April 17 from that residence building. latest.

The police are investigating the case.

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