| James Kon |
THE Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, yesterday reminded practising doctors and doctors in training on the importance of being respectful, polite and caring, when dealing with patients.
The Minister of Health highlighted this in his speech at the beginning of the Internal Medicine Basic Specialty Training (BST) course yesterday.
The minister said, “All doctors must exercise sensitivity and creatively balance advances in medicine and technology with Bruneian culture and norms. Trainers with their wisdom and experience play a vital role in helping junior doctors negotiating this fine balance.
“Our local community is particularly proud of our Bruneian doctors and places high hopes and trust in their ability to provide them with the best healthcare, especially now when we have 80 local specialist consultants and a total of 319 local doctors in the Ministry of Health.”
The minister also called on doctors to uphold the values of being a good general practitioner with their patients as stated in the professional code of ethics produced by the Brunei Medical Board in 2009.
He then cited the values of good doctors mentioned by the Brunei Medical Board, saying, “Patients need good doctors.
“Doctors make the care of their patients their first concern. They are competent, keep their knowledge and skills up to date, establish and maintain good relationships with patients and colleagues, are honest and trustworthy and act with integrity.”
Another key domain emphasised in Good Medical and Dental Practice he said, “Is good communication. It is stated that to communicate effectively, you must listen to your patients, ask for and respect their views, and respond to their concerns and preferences, in a way they can understand, by providing the information they want.”
The minister also acknowledged that the BST programme includes initiatives for improving quality of healthcare services rendered to patients.
Leveraging and modelling the success of the BST programme, which was organised by the Department of Internal Medicine at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, the minister called on other clinical departments to develop their own curriculum and establish BST programmes of their own in each specialty area, in order to widen the scope of local medical and health training programmes for local doctors to be trained in.
The BST is the first stage of training for physicians and leads to higher specialty training across a broad range.
The programme was developed by the Internal Medicine Basic Specialty Training Committee with the support of the Postgraduate Advisory and Training Board (PGATB) and draws from the educational principles for medical education set out in training programmes of numerous other countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has been adapted to the particular requirements of Brunei Darussalam.
The programme hopes to address the need for structured training, career guidance, mentorship and progression.
The BST curriculum is largely based on the UK Core Medicine Training Framework, which has been judged by the committee to be able to achieve the objectives of internal medicine in the Sultanate.