Some 554 commuting accidents were recorded involving various categories of health personnel serving in hospitals under the health ministry from 2014 to 2016.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the highest number of accidents involved nurses, namely 295 cases, followed by healthcare assistants (91), other job categories (52), assistant medical officers (35), drivers (31) and food preparation assistants (15).
“Lately, accidents among medical doctors have gained the attention of many, especially commuting accidents. Accidents involving medical officers are 35 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Prior to this, newspapers reported that doctors on duty at government hospitals suffered from extreme fatigue due to working long hours and were exposed to the risk of road accidents.
Dr Noor Hisham said 69 accident cases were recorded while returning home from work after working outside office hours and among them involved nurses (47 cases) and medical officers (eight) for the same period.
He said the ministry would work closely with the relevant agencies, among them the Institute of Road Safety Research, Royal Malaysia Police, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Road Transport Department and the Road Safety Department as a measure to prevent accidents. – Bernama