Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Please give the good doctor what he wants (updated with video)

I met a handsome doctor, who is a neurosurgeon the other day.

He has a practice at one of the private hospitals in Malacca.

The neurosurgeon used to work for many years at several government hospitals.

He left to set up his own practice because of reasons I'm not at liberty to disclose here.

He nonetheless told me that he loves working in a government hospital because he get to save more lives there.

Despite the lower income compared to having his own private practice, he enjoyed having more patients at the big hospitals.

"Many of those patients can't afford to go to private hospitals, so I think I can do more good in a government hospital," he said.

The guy said he had recently volunteered to perform surgeries at a government hospital.

The problem is that the hospital doesn't have proper

Craniotomy


equipment necessary for him to perform those surgeries.

The hospital had since applied to the Health Ministry for an allocation to purchase the equipment.

The guy appeared quite excited at the prospect of being able to help out at the hospital.

"They don't even have to pay me. Just get the equipment and I will do my best in the OT (operation theater)," he said.

I hope one of the big shots at the Health Ministry will read this and help out to get the budget for the hospital to get the equipment needed by the neurosurgeon.

Please check which hospital in Malacca had recently applied for the equipment.

I don't want to give too many details here as i don't want the neurosurgeon to get in trouble for telling me all these.

Just imagine how many lives could be saved if the guy can help out at the hospital.

All those poor patients can get faster treatment.

The neurosurgeon told me the needed equipment could costs less than RM100,000.

I don't think that's too expensive considering the benefits which could be derived from it.

To the Health Ministry people who read this and willing to help, thank you very much.

Hopefully, the hospital can have the equipment as soon as possible.

The neurosurgeon performing a surgery. The guy is very good with his work.
This video recording is from an actual surgery performed by the neurosurgeon. That's craniotomy procedure.

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(Note: The guy doesn't know I'm a blogger. He doesn't read blogs)

51 comments:

  1. Noted with thanks.

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    1. Hope you are connected with the Ministry of Health, 2207. Or a concerned citizen who would write to the Ketua Setia Usaha, Kementerian Kesihatan. Look up their official website, find out his name and address your email to him personally.

      Don't write to the Minister, as politicians are always busy politicking. But the KSU - it's his bloody job, pun intended as this involves hospitals. Addressing him in his personal name ensures he'd be obliged to act, instruct the officer concerned to set the ball rolling. And the ball may need to roll all over the places

      The good doctor needs to be encouraged and consoled by Annie, or whoever else who might meet him next, by explaining to him that, assuming the equipment application is being "considered", government purchase procedures are onerous and time consuming, according to my OGS friend:

      In this instance, it'd likely be -

      Recommendation by the Chief Medical Officer, Malacca Hospital, consultation by the MO concerned at MoH with his higher-ups, written request by the CMO at MoH to the KSU (the Administrative/ Perkhidmatan Tadbir & Diplomatic (PTD) people, who check on budget availability, if not available, written request to the Treasury/ Ministry of Finance, upon approval or provision of the extra budget by the MoF, the KSU of MoH starts the tender procedures - writing of the equipment specifications, advertising the tender in the newspapers, calling for the tender submissions from interested parties, evaluating the tender submissions, calling for a meeting of the tender committee, tender award, finally purchase.

      So many details, eh? Thanks to an OGS friend who explained to me the above quite some time ago. Note that it involves both the Medical Officers as well as the Administrative (PTD) Officers. Don’t blame them, the procedures have been there since British colonial times, they say. And help reduce corruption. But don’t help reduce the frustration of people like the good doctor in Malacca who should be consoled and explained.

      Me writing the email to KSU of MoH? Sorry, I try to avoid dealing with Government Ministries/ Departments since some time back and ask others to do it. But glad to make suggestions based on whatever I know of them, like the above.

      Lengthy comment early in the morning, eh? Just trying to be of some use at Annie’s blog.

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    2. http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/03/12/MoF-provides-RM950m-standby-credit-facility-to-1MDB/?style=biz

      MoF takdak duit dah sbb dah derma pd IMDB awal tahun dulu. Jika tak berdozen mesin tu MoH boleh beli. Ada FAHAM ??

      http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/01/Healthcare-budget-cut-not-a-problem-Subra-Quality-will-not-be-compromised/

      Mana macai PMO?? Sila jawab sikit !!

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    3. That theStar report quoted 1MDB CEO statement in March 2015 saying MOF "has provided the company with a standby credit facility to help ensure that it is able to realise maximum value from these plans.

      "The facility, of up to RM950 million, is being provided as a loan on commercial terms."

      Any one knows if the facility has been used by 1MDB? If so, any part of the loan has been repaid? Didn't they receive some money from Middle East and/or sale of assets since Mar 2015? Or the hole so big that what were received could not plug sufficiently?

      Yes, macai PMO, sila jawab.

      Btw, anybody knows what kind of fellows are the PMO macai like? Government Officers with special assignment? Media people engaged on full-time or part-time basis? It'd be interesting to know.

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    4. Ni nama dia sang kejut. Komen panjang berjela. Mr know-know-it-all.

      Tak payah nak mengajar lah civil servant macamana nak buat kerja.

      To Annie, gov received a lot of requests for development budget every year. I am very sure the hospital you're talking about must have gone through the same process as everyone else. All the hospitals around the country are being dealt with equally. When their time comes, they will get what they requested. Ultimately, the rakyat will benefit.

      Insya Allah.

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    5. Anon, true that gov received a lot of requests, but I think in this case they should hurry up a bit. If things are a bit slow, I think the people have the right to ask for certain things to be hurry up a bit, especially if its a matter of life and death. I would not had post this if I feel that those equipment were not urgently needed. I think that I tried to be very polite in making this request without putting anyone in a bad light.

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    6. Macai PMO has come out at 1312.

      Note that they sound all the same - rude, crude, high-and-mighty attitude, no like people explaining for others' benefit .........

      Yet if he read carefully, he might have noticed that the long comment was not "nak mengajar", but trying to explain why it might take a long time so that the public can be patient, and at the same time suggesting a method to get early attention for the Malacca case.

      Kesian le Najib. His boys like the 1312 fellow is warped in thinking, demented in attitude, short attention span, so how to project a good image for Najib?

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    7. Tak tahu nak jawab, panggil orang lain tak pandai. Your words speak volume of your true self. Eloklah kawan dengan geng Bersih.

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  2. makes you wonder where have all those billions allocated during the budget to the health ministry went to. All those money to buy equipments and medicines should be accounted for. Maybe they should setup a task force to investigate and who knows they can trace the money in someone's personal bank account again..This kind of shit does happen ..follow the money trail.

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    1. Ntah pape..mlm2 lu tido mimpi psl 1mdb ke..mmg mental..

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    2. if you say you wonder that means you dont know and you are jumping to negative conclusions and spreading lies and fitnah same like what is happening to everything else in Malaysia....lies n more lies....

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    3. 2252,

      Annie's post did not bring any issue of missing funds. The issue may involve availability of funds, anything in the budget that was approved each year by Parliament. If not, may have to wait. But I think the Ministry of Finance may consider funds from other allocations for urgent cases. Like for Najib when he handed out a few millions here and there for Chinese schools.

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    4. The Budget approved for this year's expenditure was based on requests made in the previous year. And approved for the specific purposes they were requested.

      And must be spent accordingly. Otherwise Government people would be buying airplanes instead of spending the money for roads.

      But don't ask me if buying the Government executive jets were budgeted - I don't know. But the Minister of Finance sure has a lot of powers and discretion.

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  3. With all billions reported lost in the thin air ,it's a shame to learn that 100 k equipment has to wait .
    Is the minister concern is aware, or to busy with politic ?.

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    1. Gua rsa lu kna mandi bunga le..mmg dh tekenan ngn hantu 1mdb

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    2. u ingat hospital kat malaysia ni ada satu jer?
      satu equipment jer? satu doctor jer?
      idiot!

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    3. The pengkhianat bangsa and his koncos will be burning in the conflagration of hellfire for the suffering lives that could not be saved because of the stolen billions of ringgit.

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    4. Cuckoo...cuckoo..

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  4. Saya rasa keperluan untuk membeli/memperolehi sesuatu keperluan di sesuatu premis kerajaan terutamanya seperti di hospital memerlukan orang yang mampu untuk menggunakannya seiring dengan teknologi yang ada. Tidak ada gunanya kerajaan menghabiskan wang sama ada kecil atau besar tetapi tiada pakar ataupun orang yang berkebolehan untuk menggunakannya.

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    1. Ini mungkin masalah nya. Takda pakar yang berkerja sapenuh masa yang boleh menggunakan alat itu selalu. Jika di beli, alat itu boleh di gunakan Pakar yang Annie sebut itu, tapi dia tak berkerja di hospitak itu sapenuh masa.

      Namun demikian, dari segi perkhidmatan kpd rakyat, terutama nya dari segi menyelamat nyawa, RM100,000 tak begitu banyak dan alat itu perlu di beli walau pun dlm keadaan begitu.

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    2. Tak kan KSU kesihatan pun tidur. Dia doktor juga.

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    3. KSU bukan doktor. Kem Kesihatan, mcm banyak Kem2 lain, ada pegawai pegawai pentadbir (terdiri dari Perkhidmatan Tadbir & Diplomatik) dan pegawai pegawai pegawi perubatan (terdiri dari pegawai pegawai Perkhidmatan Perubatan - berbagai jenis dohtor dan pakar perubatan).

      Keperluan lat alat kedoktoran di ketahui oleh pegawai pegawi Perkhidmatan Kedoktoran.

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    4. nanti tahun baru nanti duit buat bakar bunga api tu kalau tak beli bunga api agak2 brapa mesin boleh beli????

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  5. Why so susah one. Just ask that Mak Mah puaka to sell one of her birkins, it's more than enough already.

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    1. Mulut jahat la..maybe mak u yg puaka..

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    2. Anon 11.49. Hello Rosmah, dah sarapan?

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    3. Mulut longkang dah bertahun tak dibersihkan.

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  6. 100k can get 1000 volunteers in red shirt rally.

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    1. Naughty, naughty, naughty ha.........

      People talking about humanitarian, life-saving matter, you talking about the Red Shirt Rally goers were paid ha?

      Got any proof? Or the usual Opposition's "wild, unsubstantiated and unjustified allegations"?

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    2. If the government had been transparent with all it's dealings then we all will not have this kind of perception against them. But with all this kind of scandals happening and the government doing nothing much to come out and be accounted for then it's not our fault that we feel that the government has got something to hide. You can say that these are wild,unsubstantiated and unjustified but the truth of the matter is our RM is sinking faster then anybody else and our daily livelihood is getting tougher despite what our government is telling us that our economy is still pretty much in good shape. If there is no transparency and accountability then negative perception by the people of the government canot be blamed.

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    3. I wiah the commentors here would stop politicking for once.

      08.39 is right. Stop politisizing everything. We Malaysians are overdosed with politics and it is very, very detrimental to us all.

      Annie's posting is about assisting and facilitating the good doctor, no politics involved. Let's stay on course.

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    4. When you explain, then you sound sensible. Though not all may be agreeable.

      Then you say "If there is no transparency and accountability ... government has got something to hide..." You should qualify that statement. Say how, when and where, quote instances, give 1-2 examples.

      Then people tend to believe what you say. Then it'll not be wasting your and readers' time. Amacam, bole?

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  7. Agreed with 10.33. May be we could do a blue shirt next time to say enuff with the overdose of politiking to the yellow and red. How colorful

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    1. i'm planning to organize a baju oren grup...who wants to join???the purpose of this baju oren is when da baju kuning rally we da baju oren will go out n pijak sumer yg ada...same goes to the baju merah come out n rally n da baju oren will be more than grateful to kick ur ass...amacam annie meh la join..,

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  8. nowdays...there is so many stupid doctors around....they are doctor but they are just as stupid as these RBA dogs

    so when there is clever doctors around that are willing to volunteer....they shall be welcome and those in authority need to do something to welcome them or just resign and stop being a disgrace

    >james bond

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    1. You sound like a RBA dog, 1059. Read all the lengthy explanations above. If you still disagree, explain why stupid, instead of just saying stupid doctors. Doing that make you stupid. Amacam, logik tak?

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    2. Small thing like this also the doctor cannot solved. Then its too bad.

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    3. anon 11.35 of 11.27

      i am not gonna explain to you...no, i am not explaining anything to you for i dont feel like explaining....

      got it..?? get it babi....

      >james bond

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  9. ingat doktor2 swasta best sangat ka??charge mahal2 n when patients dying antar pi hospital gomen gak...pi check la tengok mortality rate kat private hospital brapa...almost zero kot sebab apa kes2 yg xda harapan sumer they refuse to treat n antar pi gomen hospital...

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    1. This particular neurosurgeon is among the best in the country. He is one of the very few who could perform corrective surgery for epilepsy. That picture of him is genuine. His patients would know that he doesn't impose exorbitant charges and even refuse payment for simple consultation services. I wish I can name him here but I don't think he would like that.

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  10. If dap nye org jdi menteti kesihatan sya rsa dia akn swatakn sume hosp kerajaan n naikkn bayaran 5000%

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  11. This is not disputing Annie's opinion at 1146, but just curiosity - how do we judge doctors and specialists.

    Yes, one way is by what other doctors say, but I suppose, for specialists, they are also judged by the number of successful operations (now called surgical procedures?) they perform.

    I have quite a few experiences with private hospital specialists. One ENT appeared rushing when examining the cyst outside my throat. He knocked the tuning fork on the table, held it to my ear one after the other other, asking me which one sounded louder. But before I could answer him, he answered it himself and asked me for confirmation. The same the 2nd and 3rd time.

    Maybe because of the number of patients waiting outside his room and he rushed knowing the Ringgit signs out there, but I lost faith faith in him and won't dare let him operate on me, cutting about 3 inches sideways below my throat. The week after, his office rang repeatedly asking to confirm date of an operation he had proposed but I had hesitated.

    When I spoke to my specialist doctor friend (not ENT) who had recommended me to the ENT, he said, "Padan lah, my wife complained the same thing" about the guy.

    I went to another private hospital and the ENT there examined the same cyst calmly, steadily, and explained the proposed procedure in a manner that made me think it'd be safe to go under his knife. And he did it with the 3 inch mark hardly noticeable after a few weeks.

    So, in this case "best" includes letting the patient answer the questions himself!

    So, while on the subject of specialist doctors, you all might want to comment on how you would judge them. It might help us choosing them.

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  12. Many years ago there was a scandal reported in the newspapers of General Practitioners (GPs) recommending patients to Specialists at private clinics/ hospitals and allegedly taking cuts from the Specialists. Terrible.

    One private hospital's anaesthetist was reported to be bogus, negligent and what not. Many others were also reported in recent times such that medical insurance fees and premiums increased.

    True, not all private hospitals provide the best service. Do enquire and choose well before going to them. The unfortunate thing is that emergencies may not allow you to choose. Just pray to God that none of us get into that situation.

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  13. Sikalang kalau lu punya buah pingang rosak ,itu doktor cekap semua hospital kelajaan tatak buat itu cuci dalah ,lia olang kasi recomen swasta punya . Itu kasi chaj RM 200 satu kali datang x 3 satu mingu = Rm 600 . Lia cekap itu pusat dilysis atak doktor tatak payah latang hospital lagi ,tapi itu lagi mau chaj maa aa . Kalau tatak bayar lu selupa latang macam itu cuci baju punya tempat lor rr ,bayar kasi cuci angkat balik lea aa .

    Itu gomen punya loktor apa hat tanya itu loktor ,tapi kalau tatak wang tatak bolih tanya maa aa.

    Wa pon tatak tahu apa pasat kelajaan punya hospital ,tatak mau buat itu dilysis ,mungkin tatak cukup wang lea aa.

    Sikalang tatak wang punya olang lagi cepat mati maa aa .

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    1. Loktor pun mahu hidup sinang ma.

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  14. The Hippocratic Oath: A Doctor's Pledge

    I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

    I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

    I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

    I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

    I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

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  15. I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

    I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

    I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

    I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

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  16. If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

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  17. I quote:

    "The neurosurgeon told me the needed equipment could costs less than RM100,000."

    True, provided that the doctor himself place the order and pays for it.

    A direct negotiation by ministry officials through a middleman would end up the needed equipment costing more than RM1,000,000.

    Unbelievable? Believe it!

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    1. Tak de benda nak tulis, tapi nak tunjuk pandai, tulis juga lah apa2 pun.

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