Doctor faces punishment for taking photo with patient in labour

Doctor faces punishment for taking photo with patient in labour
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

PUTRAJAYA - The Health Ministry has completed its probe into the case of a female doctor photographed with a patient who was in labour.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the action to be taken against the doctor would be determined in a month's time.

"The punishment ranges from a warning, suspension or dismissal."

Dr Subramaniam was speaking to newsmen before chairing the ministry's post-Cabinet meeting here yesterday.

"The disciplinary committee is now deliberating the case."

The offensive photo was taken in a government hospital in Johor Baru where the patient's private parts were clearly visible. It was believed to have been taken last month.

The doctor appeared to have one hand inside the woman's private parts and the other showing the "peace" sign.

Dr Subramaniam said the doctor was actually photographed by a colleague, also a medical officer.

"It was not a selfie.

"Her colleague took the photo and she too faces disciplinary action," he said.

"This behaviour is unethical and appropriate action will be taken against both of them."

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