You are savers, life savers – not Bond, James Bond, docs told
KUALA LUMPUR: A retired Federal Court judge wants the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations of Malaysia (FPMPAM) to ensure that their members are competent doctors.
Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram likened incompetent doctors to “James Bond with the licence to kill”.
“I am given to understand that there are some among you, especially from the local universities, who do not know how to perform an appendectomy.
“They, nevertheless, carry licences to treat patients.
“It is my earnest plea to you not to allow them to become James Bonds with a licence to kill.
“If that happens, the law will rise to meet that challenge and you cannot then blame the court for looking over your shoulder,” he said in his plenary address at a healthcare conference by FPMPAM yesterday.
FPMPAM is a national body representing doctors in private practice in Malaysia. Founded in 1989, it consists of seven statelevel associations and has over 5,000 members.
On the topic of his address, “Has the Law Forced Doctors to Practise Defensive Medicine?”, Sri Ram said presently that was no longer the case.
Therefore, he said, doctors need not worry. “The lawyer is no longer in your backyard. “But this does not entitle the medical profession to take a laidback attitude to diagnosis and treatment,” he said.
Sri Ram said that when doctors decided upon a course of treatment, surgical or through the administration of drugs, they were bound to advise their patients on the specific risks he or she might face.
Expert opinion: Sri Ram (centre) arriving to give his plenary address at a healthcare conference by FPMPAM in Kuala Lumpur.