Senior doctor in sex harassment case suspended 2 months

SUNGAI BULOH: The government has suspended the head of the orthopaedic department at a government hospital amid an ongoing investigation over sexual harassment complaints against him.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said following feedback from the Public Service Commission (SPA), the doctor was slapped with two months’ suspenstion following his return from medical leave yesterday.

It was reported that the orthopaedic head had sexually harassed and made sexual advances against trainee doctors.

An independent inquiry body was formed comprising representatives from the health ministry, as well as the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, and other related agencies.

Meanwhile, the health ministry has also recommended to the Malaysian Medical Council to have his specialist licence revoked.

Speaking to reporters today, Dzulkefly said the complaints only started surfacing after he “put his feet down”, and promised “to get to the bottom of this”.

“The hospital board was aware of the complaints but the situation was not handled very well,” he said.