SUBANG JAYA, Feb 15 — Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today urged doctors and nurses in government hospitals not to take out their dissatisfaction with their work conditions on patients should they decide to go ahead with a strike.

Several news outlets have been reporting of a healthcare crisis continuing in Malaysia even after the Covid-19 pandemic that have affected emergency and trauma services.

“We know the hospital issues and dissatisfaction among the officers, but make sure they do not compromise patients’ safety,” Dr Noor Hisham told reporters at the launch of a Global Surgery Initiative at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre here.

The Malaysia Medical Association has warned the Health Ministry not to ignore the concerns raised by the country’s doctors and nurses and to give serious attention to their calls for reforms to the entire public healthcare system.

“If you look into other countries, normally they will inform the government before they go to strike, so appropriate actions can be taken,” he added.

He reminded public healthcare workers that their priority should be patients’ wellbeing, meaning they should avoid doing anything that could jeopardise this.