Ada pendapat daripada orang bukan perubatan.
Bercerita tentang 'anak sedara' juga 'anak kepada jirannya'.
Dia terlalu banyak tengok drama swasta agaknya.
Doktor adalah kakitangan kerajaan
Kakitangan kerajaan kerja waktu pejabat sahaja.
Lepas pukul 5, hospital tutup.
Semua pesakit boleh datang esok pagi pukul 8.
Doktor boleh rehat dan balik rumah.
Doktor boleh pergi main golf.
Doktor boleh dating jumpa girlfriend.
Pesakit2 semua boleh tunggu waktu pejabat esok.
Pesakit yang sakit nak beranak boleh tunggu esok.
Pesakit yang kemalangan putus tangan pun boleh datang esok.
Pesakit yang pengsan terminum racun pun boleh datang esok.
Ramai masih lagi tak faham2.
Doktor kena kerja 24 jam.
Kalau tak datang hospital pun kena standby.
Bila2 masa akan ada kecemasan.
Pesakit datang tak tentu masanya.
Doktor yang berjiwa doktor,
tak selalu merungut.
Walaupun dibayar RM20 untuk 24 jam,
doktor terima dengan rela hati.
Amanah dan tanggungjawab diutamakan.
Taklah asyik mengadu kat emak bapak dan suratkhabar.
Yang penting pesakit mendapat rawatan terbaik.
Tak kira pukul berapa pun mereka datang.
Tapi emak bapak doktor ramai tak faham.
Tapi sedara-mara dan bakal mertua ramai tak faham.
Doktor kerja senang.
Doktor gaji besar.
Ini ceritaku sebagai Junior MO di Unit Kecemasan.
Ini ceritaku sebagai Junior MO di Unit Pembedahan Urologi.
Dan ini ceritaku sebagai MO di hospital daerah.
Stress ke tidak, anda fikirlah sendiri.
Masih nak suruh anak jadi doktor?
The figures don’t add up
I REFER to “Housemen check-up” (The Star, April 14). Our employment legislation stipulates that “rest day” for shift workers must be a continuous and consecutive period of 30 hours; and the definition of “week” is a period not exceeding seven days.My nephew, a second-year house officer at one of the hospitals mentioned by the Director-General of Health, has been working no less than 75 hours a week and hardly gets any day off a week, let alone two. Even when he does get his day off, it is often after a period of eight to 10 days; and the period of eight to 10 days cannot and must not be taken to mean a “week”, because it contravenes the provisions of the Employment Act 1955.My neighbour’s daughter works at the Alor Star Hospital under similar working conditions, which are clearly counter-productive and detrimental not only to the house officers but also to the patients they treat. Thus, the question that begs an answer is: How did the DG say he “had not seen any houseman made to work for more than five days a week or to do double shifts”?Timetables and rosters always look good on paper. What is the reality? Did he verify the computerised attendance records of the house officers to ascertain the actual number of hours they clock weekly, and do they in reality get the two days off per week?And did he check and verify all timetables and rosters of all the six departments of all the hospitals that he claimed to have checked? Everyone in the medical fraternity as well as the house officer’s parents, friends and families and the rakyat at large knows that the DG’s assertions do not reflect the reality on the ground.However, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the DG has acknowledged that some hospitals are not adhering to the 60-hour week with two days off when he implicitly said that “the ministry will seek explanations from hospitals found overworking their housemen”, and that the ministry was willing to help them implement the system effectively if they were facing a shortage of housemen.The next question is: What action will be taken against the errant hospital administrators? Is their disregard for work directives not tantamount to insubordination?We have lost in Dr Danny Lee a young and budding talent who otherwise would have many productive and invaluable years ahead of him. His parents and family must be going through tremendous anxiety and pain for the untimely loss.My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Dr Lee’s family. May his soul rest in peace; and may Almighty God grant his family patience and strength during this trying time.RHS,