‘Why allow them and their newspapers/magazines to be used as tools for someoneâ€™s personal and private agenda under the guise of â€˜medical breakthroughâ€™ without first checking with senior medical professionals’ – Dr Jacob George
Really I find it just vulgar and degrading of the noble profession – when these doctors just cannot these days (thanks to amendments on advertising) lay off making a nuisance of themselves by making repeated press statements and other publicity stunts Â on so called â€˜one discovery or another!â€™
From the claimed non invasive cure for sinusitis or heart surgery to various â€˜detox proceduresâ€™ using coffee or what have you to various cosmetic face, breast and ass lifts – all which these days are carried in our mainstream media under â€˜health columnsâ€™ with these individuals posed photos and of all things some in – that vulgar bow ties!
No one wants to be let out!
Just scan some of the local mainstream newspapers from time to time or â€˜rakiâ€™ several private hospitals, clinics or health clinics mushrooming in several malls nationwide or â€˜pushing and pimpingâ€™ some argument on â€˜wellness!â€™
Worst, these days â€“ they have also vulgarly gone into revealing the names of organ donors and using that to canvass for more funding!
All this to me is a criminal breach of oneâ€™s privacy and highly unethical!
But the same idiots would not call the same press to tell them that the recipient has died days after that so much media hype!
Even if that is done it will get a two liner in extremely small fonts and in the back pages!
Is this all part and parcel of how the medical profession should carry themselves?
Is this because our ENT fellas and others do not have much work anymore that they need to join the long queue of our medical practitioners who just cannot let their work and skills speak for themselves like the many doctors, lead surgeons and specialists that I know of who shy away from the media but just work themselves to the ground without any media hype or the usual song and dance!
Most importantly, allowing their dedication, commitment and sacrifice to speak for itself!
In fact, in my last meeting I shared this concern with Malaysiaâ€™s proactive and no nonsense, Director General of Health Services, Dr Ismail Merican who himself also is a dedicated and committed practitioner who has not forgotten his medicine nor the volumes of professional ethics that comes with it!
Dr Ismail always welcomes constructive criticism and any feedbacks that are conveyed to uplift standards, professionalism and ethics!
He has assured me that he will do something about this!
Let me just address one of the issues!
As far as I know from my sources abroad this non invasive procedure for sinusitis is nothing new!
In fact, if you remember our former premier also went for such a procedure and returned Australia – without anyone making a fanfare or fuss of that!
I just cannot understand the media fellas either!
Can they not address the many issues that need be in primary health care?
Why allow them and their newspapers/magazines to be used as tools for someoneâ€™s personal and private agenda under the guise of â€˜medical breakthroughâ€™ without first checking with senior medical professionals attached with our Ministry of Health on their claims before running any story!
Why give so much publicity to individuals, certain private hospitals and private profit and egoistic operatives – so much exposure?
How is the ordinary man/woman going to benefit from that story?
Is this concretization?
My foot it is!