“The storm is coming , Mr Wayne…………” Well, I just watched Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” movie last friday and I must say that it will go down as one of the best movie trilogy ever made. A superb ending for the Batman trilogy. I have written twice on this topic above https://pagalavan.com/2011/11/07/for-future-doctors-the-storm-is-coming and https://pagalavan.com/2012/03/07/for-future-doctors-the-storm-is-coming-part-2
I first started to write about the deteriorating quality of medical graduates and the reasons behind it almost 7 years ago https://pagalavan.com/my-mma-articles/november-2005current-quality-of-medical-doctors-are-we-going-down-the-drains/. How true has it become and people still say I am talking rubbish. Now, let me show you 2 speeches written by 2 well renowned clinicians in Malaysia. The first was my former dean of the medical faculty of University of Malaya and former Vice Chancellor, Prof Anuar Zaini. He was also my boss when I was with Monash Malaysia and he is still the Head of the School of Medicine, Monash Malaysia. He delivered this speech when he launched the book “TJ Danaraj Doctor and Teacher Extraordinaire” on 5th May 2012. Here is the speech which I find very interesting. FYI, he is also an elected MMC member. http://mmc.gov.my/v1/docs/bulletin/2012%202%20Medical%20Education%20Then%20&%20Now%20Prof%20Dato%20Anuar%20Zaini.pdf
For those who don’t know, TJ Danaraj was the founder dean of University Malaya medical school.
Prof Anuar has quoted very well that we will be having surplus of doctors and most of the medical schools are not producing doctors of good quality. It is very clear that MMC’s hands are tied! He has also commented on the attitude of the current generation of doctors who wants office hour job and are not keen to really care for the patients. The shift system is just a knee jerk reaction from MOH to reduce the “surplus” scenario on public’s eye.
Then came another speech from our Ex-DG, Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican during the MMA AGM in May 2012. His speech, even though is long, does tell us the current scenario that the medical fraternity is facing in Malaysia. In fact, his title ” Medicine at the crossroads: The Malaysian Dilemma” is well worded and appropriate. You can view his speech here https://dl.dropbox.com/u/55059024/Ex-DG%20speech.pdf According to him, we are already having surplus of doctors as we do not have enough training hospitals and trainers. He has also commented on the attitude of the current generation of doctors and parents who interfere and pamper their “grown-up” kids! A well written speech, I must say.
So, can anyone still dispute what I have been saying all this while ? We are hearing from 2 people who have held high post in government service who knows what is really happening and what is going to happen.
So, the storm is coming …………… for sure!