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Kampar Hospital Says Officer Who Admonished Patient For Wearing Shorts Has Been Reprimanded

Kampar Hospital Says Officer Who Admonished Patient For Wearing Shorts Has Been Reprimanded

Kampar Hospital has never instructed nor obstructed patients who did not abide by the dress code from receiving any treatment, says the hospital director.

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Kampar Hospital has confirmed that a female patient was admonished by an officer for wearing shorts when she came to seek treatment.

In a statement, Kampar Hospital director Dr Khairul Azha Azam said the officer involved had been reprimanded.

Dr Khairul said what the officer did was wrong and should not happen again in the future.

All patients must be received in all conditions especially during emergencies.

Dr Khairul Azha Azam, Kampar Hospital director

He also informed that all staff had been told to receive patients regardless of their attire and without discrimination.

What happened that day? Damien Chan related the incident to Nanyang Siang Pau, where he said his female friend who was seeking treatment at the Kampar Hospital was reprimanded for wearing shorts.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has responded to the claim after it went viral on social media, saying clothes or moral policing shouldn’t happen in health facilities.

He thanked the netizen who alerted him to the matter and said the ministry would investigate it further.

READ MORE: Health DG Says Clothes Policing Shouldn’t Happen At Medical Facilities

Dr Khairul in detailing the incident, said the patient sought treatment at the hospital’s emergency unit at 12.04am on 13 February.

The patient was attended to by an officer at the triage counter and her vitals were found to be stable. She was admonished by the officer for wearing shorts. The officer in charge went into the Emergency unit to get a shirt and sarong for the woman to wear temporarily.

Dr Khairul Azha Azam, Kampar Hospital director

However before the sarong could be given to her, the woman left the triage counter and informed another staff she would be seeking treatment at a private clinic. At about 1am on 13 February, the patient returned accompanied by a friend. She was checked in and treated by the doctor on duty and discharged.

Dr Khairul Azha Azam, Kampar Hospital director

After what happened, Dr Khairul said the hospital had taken appropriate action concerning the patient involved and improvements had been instituted to ensure no repeat of the incident.

The Kampar Hospital has never instructed nor obstructed patients who did not abide by the dress code from receiving any treatment.

Dr Khairul Azha Azam, Kampar Hospital director

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