Health Ministry Issues Code Of Ethics On Social Media Usage

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 – The Ministry of Health has issued a code of ethics on social media usage among its staff to ensure the integrity of health personnel is at its highest level. Its deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the code of ethics was issued last year as a guideline for the ministry’s staff in preventing the misuse of social media which saw the occurrence of non integrity cases such as the video recording of patients or treatment procedures.

He also said that every profession has its own Code of Professional Conduct that must be adhered to and an officer can be subjected to the disciplinary action for any non compliance of the prescribed ethics. He told this in the Dewan Negara sitting here today.

He was replying to a question from Senator Azizah Harun pertaining to the number of registered nurses, medical assistants and medical support personnel nationwide and how the government ensured their integrity so that cases of videos of patients or treatment procedures were not shared or went viral on social media.

Elaborating further, Dr Hilmi said the ministry had taken disciplinary action against the officials involved in his ministry. He said many cases involving disciplinary offences had been taken, namely 239 cases in 2014; 338 cases (2015); 385 cases (2016) and 411 cases (2017).

“The form of action taken are warning (the lightest), fine of a maximum seven-day emolument deferment, deprived of emolument rights, static emolument, downgrade and the last resort is job termination. There are 121,492 nurses, 17,043 medical assistants and 30,663 medical support staff being registered at all the ministry and private facilities nationwide as of March 31,” he said. — Bernama

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