I believe many doctors feel insulted that the DIRECTOR-GENERAL of HEALTH seem to have “threatened” PUSRAWI into making a statement about sodomy allegations against Anwar Ibrahim.
Dr. Ismail Merican did say his department was mulling action against the private hospital for leakage of information. I did ask earlier, what about the information leaked to newspapers from the KL Hospital, as reported in the News Straits Times.
The general feeling here is: Can we ever feel safe again in any hospital, especially if we go for examination of something sensitive or private? Can it be used against us politically, even legally?
If we had not lodged a complaint against the hospital, as Saiful Bukhairy had not done, why is the DG so quick to come out against Anwar?
Because to many of us, that is how it seems – who is the DG defending against Anwar? And it is much to Anwar’s benefit that he did it. The party has gone to town with the countless tales of the two medical reports.
One doctor said that to also question the doctor’s credentials – General practitioner or not is “professionally insulting”:
“It’s amazing how the hospital responded. Not surprised pressure is put by DG Health. Read the threat to take action even though there is no complaint being lodged by the patient whose confidentiality was supposed to be breached.
Incidently, most if not all cases of rape (including sodomy) are seen by doctors in Government hospitals, by the “equivalent” of GPs or primary care doctors in outpatient/emergency/primary care setting.
Reason is that such cases are potentially “police cases” and doctors in the private sector do not want be burdened by court cases that invariably get postponed for months/years.
Hence, they were usually asked to go to Government hospitals; not because doctors in the private sector (GPs/Primary Care Doctors) are not competent to see them.
Show me the statistics of such cases being seen by specialists as opposed to those seen by doctors in the outpatient/emergency/primary care settings.
To say that the examining doctor is “only” a GP is professionally insulting.
My doctor friend Dr. Raffick Khan who earlier cast a shadow over the first medical report revealed by Raja Petra Kamaruddin (and got whacked by many an Anwar supporter) has this to say today:
“First of all, I am appalled by the way the information was released at the press conference. It shows very weak PR skills on the part of PUSRAWI. It also creates more speculations in eyes of the public. It further erodes peoples trust in the medical system”.
Go read further in his blog: PUSRAWI press conference…a bigger blunder.