MoH will also set up an independent task force to investigate the alleged rampant bullying culture at the government hospital.
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A specialist doctor is among the five individuals suspected of bullying housemen at the Penang Hospital, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.
Khairy said that the incident will be investigated by MoH Integrity Unit, as well as an independent task force which is set to be announced tomorrow.
The Rembau MP said that all five suspects will continue to work as usual despite the ongoing investigation.
“We can’t simply just transfer them elsewhere, we have to establish first what had taken place some names (in the list) are specialist doctors. So transferring them would not be easy. For now, everyone is working as usual, but the investigations continue,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Khairy also said that it would take some time for the investigation to complete.
“It involves serious allegations such as bullying and also an unprofessional work culture. The investigation will involve an interview session with the complainant and the accused,” he said.
The list of alleged bully suspects was submitted to the Ministry of Health by Penang Agrotechnology and Food Safety, Rural Development, and Health Committee chairman Dr. Norlela Ariffin yesterday.
On 17 April, a 25-year-old male trainee doctor was found dead, believed to have fallen from his residential unit in a building near HPP. He had just begun his housemanship at the hospital on 4 April.
Two years ago, another doctor died soon after resigning from the same hospital.
Several former and current housemen at the Penang Hospital had also spoken about the toxic work conditions there.
Yesterday, the Hartal Doktor Kontrak (HDK) movement suggest for the investigation of suspected bully cases on housemen be conducted by an independent committee in order to safeguard the complainant’s identity.