KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Doctors will have to keep abreast with the latest medical developments before they can be allowed to renew their annual practising licences under a new Health Ministry points system.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said under the system, doctors must attend lectures, courses and seminars to collect points set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
“It is self improvement via continuous profession development. The new rule is one of amendments to the Medical Act 1971 tabled for first reading in Parliament recently,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama in Subang Jaya today.
He also said the ministry would bar doctors who failed to renew their medical licences with the MMC for six consecutive years.
“They will be barred from practising and are required to sit for a special eligibility test if they want to continue in the profession,” he was quoted as saying.
The country has about 35,000 trained doctors and 5,000 medical specialists.
He said another amendment to the Act was incorporating MMC to give it more authority and functions.
“Incorporation will make MMC an autonomous body that can act faster,” he was quoted as saying.