Report on harassment of housemen goes to MACC

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has submitted its report on harassment of female housemen at a public hospital to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC).

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said MACC will investigate if there is any case to answer for possible corruption or abuse of power.

The Star quoted him as urging victims to make a police report as this had not been done. Earlier news reports had claimed the victims had already made police reports but there was no action.

News reports in July had reported that housemen were allegedly bullied and sexually harassed by the head of department in a hospital in the Klang Valley.

Last week, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed that a senior doctor who allegedly sexually harassed several trainee doctors would be suspended to facilitate further investigations by the authorities.

In a statement, he said investigations carried out by an independent inquiry body found that there were sufficient grounds for his ministry to take further action against the hospital head of department for his misconduct.

A recent survey found that a majority of junior doctors and medical housemen in the country claimed to have been bullied at their workplace, with 17% saying it was so bad that they thought of ending their lives.

Shortly before the media report on the doctor, a separate report by a houseman at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur against a senior doctor who was allegedly abusive went viral as well.