Security review for ministry after man plays doctor for a year

Sultanah-Bahiyah-HospitalPETALING JAYA: The health ministry will review its safety procedures after a man was caught masquerading as a doctor at a hospital in Kedah for over a year.

The man, who called himself “Dr Ridzuan”, reportedly frequented Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital dressed in a lab coat with a stethoscope around his neck.

The New Straits Times said “Dr Ridzuan” usually stayed in public areas as he did not have access to the wards, adding that he neither treated nor examined patients at the hospital.

Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam was quoted as saying he had been informed by health authorities in Kedah that the man would usually talk to people, pretending to be a doctor, before going home.

“He would come once a week, but he may have some problems, that’s why he is doing it,” he said in the report.

“Dr Ridzuan” was said to have made his rounds until a senior doctor who checked the hospital records realised the deception.

Following this, the hospital lodged a police report and the 22-year-old was arrested.

Subramaniam said the ministry would review the current system and control measures to investigate how the incident could have occurred and prevent it from happening again.