Monday, April 29, 2013

GE13: Stick to treating patients, Mohd Ali tells campaigning doctor

Mohd Ali meeting an elderly man in one of his many campaign stops

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has chided medical staff for getting involved in politics.

He said several patients at a hospital in the state had urged the Health Ministry to look into a case of a doctor for spending much time campaigning for the Opposition instead of patients.

He was commenting on a doctor, who is a medical unit head at a rural government hospital in Alor Gajah, who is alleged to openly campaign for the Opposition.

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Speaking at the opening of the new hospital here, Mohd Ali, who is now contesting the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat, said a number of patients have been denied treatment due to the action of the doctor.

"It is against medical ethics to mix work with politics," he said.

"He shouldn't be campaigning even for Barisan Nasional as his profession discourages direct involvement in politics," Mohd Ali added.

He revealed that the doctor's subordinates had also raise concerns about his political involvement during working hours.

"I hope the Health Ministry can look into the matter before it gets out of hand," he said.

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