KUALA LUMPUR - All deputy directors in training hospitals have been instructed to hold weekly meetings with housemen to hear their views, grouses or complaints.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who issued the directive, said: "I have heard of the bullying and pressure that housemen face and I am concerned.
"I'd like to assure all housemen that they are part of the family of the Health Ministry and we will take good care of them," he said after launching the Nutrition Month Malaysia and NutriFun Land Carnival here yesterday.
Liow said he had directed the Health director-general and state health directors to train housemen well and make them part of the family.
"We want to give them good training so they will provide good service to patients in the future," he said in response to The Star's front-paged story yesterday that some housemen were still being overworked and bullied despite the shift system, resulting in many suffering from depression.
Liow said hospitals had generally adopted the shift system and housemen's working hours had been reduced from 90 to 60 hours a week. They were also given two days off in a week.