Published: Tuesday July 17, 2012 MYT 5:40:00 PM
Private hospitals urged to train own specialists
KUALA LUMPUR: Private hospitals need to train more specialists on their own to assist the government in tackling the shortage of specialist doctors in the country, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai Tuesday.
He said that, at the moment, the country had 5,000 specialist doctors and of this figure, 3,000 specialist doctors were now serving in the public sector.
"Private hospitals should also have their own specialists and should not depend only on government hospitals to obtain the service of specialist doctors.
"They should also train their existing doctors to become specialists," he told reporters after opening the 20th International Conference and Exhibition on Health Care, here.
He said there were now 35,000 doctors in the country and the government hoped the ratio of one doctor to 400 people could be achieved by 2020.
Meanwhile, Private Hospital Association president Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas said the three-day conference which focused on human capital development in the hospital service sector attracted participants from 30 countries. - Bernama