PAK JIB – SACK HEALTH MINISTER – PROMOTE DIRECTOR GENERAL!

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

‘We have a health minister today who should have never being appointed to this portfolio and replaced long ago!

The public sector cannot become the largest employer and worst having a civil service that is obese and ineffective!

It is a vulgar joke and a curse!

Just compare our public sector with those in the region and you will get what I am referring to.

I remember the Malaysian healthcare system never had this much ‘pencil pushing’ politicians, administrators and managers – that it is a crude and vulgar joke!

I know that many hospitals from north to south, east to west being run so effectively with  lean mean administration in the 60’s to late 70’s!’ – Dr Jacob George

PAK JIB – SACK HEALTH MINISTER – PROMOTE   DIRECTOR GENERAL!

Only an absolute idiot will say that there is a shortage of doctors in the country!

Having addressed healthcare issues for over 37 years I can safely say that there is no shortage just a very bad distribution of this much needed expertise!

Things are far better than they were in those ‘dark days’.

But individuals still complain even when it is a non issue?

Worst, we now have housemen and house officers who are cry babies!

If they do not, their parents will! Shame on them!

And the truth is most of the doctors are in the Klang valley or in big towns and this matter needs to be addressed with so many other issues from a revamp of the Ministry of Health starting with surgically removing or getting rid of the majority of ‘managers and administrators’ we have created in the system making it obese and ineffective with all the layers and tiers of bureaucracy!

The public sector cannot become the largest employer and worst having a civil service that is obese and ineffective!

It is a vulgar joke and a curse!

Just compare our public sector with those in the region and you will get what I am referring to!

I remember the Malaysian healthcare system never had this much ‘pencil pushing’ politicians, administrators and managers – that it is a crude and vulgar joke!

I know that many hospitals from north to south, east to west being run so effectively with  lean mean administration in the 60’s to late 70’s!

A single chief clerk will manage with prefect efficiency that will make fools of today’s organizations charts, modus operanti or worst claiming to be quality certified!

Today – it is despicable and despite the huge manpower presence nothing has changed radically!

Just the healthcare budget going to salaries and the wastage in building more multi million ringgit concrete hospitals with its ‘costs over-runs, and multi million ringgit other machinery and gadgets which makes many contractors and politicians on the gravy train extremely wealthy!

But core services remain stagnant!

While – on the other end – the politicians are still playing their games of interference, the civil servants are unable to address issues administratively and professionally without the political interference, and professionalism goes out the windows!

We have a health minister today who should have been replaced long ago!

After so many years, we finally have a reformer, Director General of Health Services, a no nonsense and proactive professional individual and many quarters/politicians just cannot appreciate this! Bodoh sombong!

After many decades of ‘inaction, inactivity, being in comatose’ – he has brought about radical changes in the health ministry, stirred up imagination that things can be better and rightfully so – he is the best thing that has happened at MOH!

Yes, I am referring to DG Dr Ismail Merican! (see above left)

I am asking in fact pleading to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for three things immediately for the health ministry!

  1. Sack the present Health Minister! Replace him with former Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek – the best health minister Malaysia has ever seen or had!
  2. If that is not possible, please make Dr Ismail Merican a Senator and appoint him Health Minister! Or make sure he does not leave or retire – no – not now when there are so many changes to bring about!Radical proactive changes that only he can initiate with his no nonsense approach! Whether it is the national healthcare financing, 1Clinic, the reorganization of the health ministry to become leaner and meaner and holistically professional, integrating and networking all hospitals IT, software, hardware and informational technology to be synchronized to work effectively! Initiating amendments to various outdated legislation that includes the Food Act, the Medical Act, the Healthcare Facilities and Services Act and seeking what ever happened to the Organ Tissue Act (which has not seen the light of day?) and so forth!

3.  Please increase the healthcare allocation! But I say no – to the building of MORE multi million ringgit hospitals! It is time we had more well equipped ‘state of the art’ clinics logistically distributed!


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