Source : The Star
Friday March 19, 2010
PETALING JAYA: Assistant medical officers are allowed to issue medical certificates (MCs) but on three conditions, said Health Ministry Medical Practice Division director Dr Nooraini Baba.
â€œThe conditions were stipulated in a circular by the health director-general in January 2007,â€ she said.
â€œFirst, such kind of MCs are only valid if they are issued by health clinics without permanent medical and dental officers present, or if doctors only perform scheduled visits to these clinics,â€ said Dr Nooraini.
â€œMCs issued by assistant medical officers must not be for more than two days in a month for each case,â€ she said in a statement yesterday.
â€œDoctors are required to verify and certify the copy of the original MCs issued by their assistants,â€ she added.
However, the conditions do not apply to medical cases involving legal claims or workerâ€™s compensation as each of these cases need to be referred to the medical officer at the nearest clinic.
Dr Nooraini added that assistant medical officers were well aware of their responsibilities and were ethical when issuing out the MCs.