Only 11 In Toxic Culture Survey Were Housemen Says Association
The task force appointed by the health ministry had carried out a survey on the bullying culture at government hospitals following the death of a junior doctor at Penang Hospital. (Bernama pic)PETALING JAYA: Medical specialists have urged a special task force to seek the response of 25,000 medical practitioners in its survey on the toxic work culture in the medical profession.
The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) said this would provide a more reliable picture on the current situation.
In a statement, it noted that only 11% of the respondents in the recent survey by the health ministry’s independent task force were identified as housemen or junior doctors.
It also said that fewer than 23% of the 110,411 respondents in the survey, conducted over four months, were medical practitioners of Grade 41 and above.
“This clearly shows an engraved hesitancy and doubt on their anonymity and fear of compromising their jobs as a possible consequence of participating in the survey,” it said.
The Healthcare Work Culture Improvement Task Force (HWCITF) had carried out the survey on the bullying culture at government hospitals following the death of a junior doctor at Penang Hospital.
AMM urged the task force to review the 14,000 pages of comments and views for a detailed analysis and provide practical recommendations from the data.
It said the report failed to differentiate the categories of bullying or disclose the prevalence of bullying within different demographics and healthcare facilities.
“Failure to identify the root causes of the issue will correspond to the creation of non-viable solutions and recommendations,” it said.
The survey revealed that at least 60% of government healthcare workers found their workplace culture to be “positive”.
The task force said the complaints mechanism ought to be improved to ensure the secrecy of grievances.
It outlined 10 proposals for the ministry to improve services at all health facilities, but did not go into details. - FMT
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