You are savers, life savers – not Bond, James Bond, docs told

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

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.

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