Don’t punish the sick with MoH’s MC policy

I AM thankful to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the quality service provided for the people, especially in the health sector.

I would like to ask why receiving an MC from any government clinic is difficult nowadays.

It seems that the Ministry of Health (MoH) cannot give MCs for ‘minor illnesses’ due to a policy.

People have to take their own leave or even worse sometimes unpaid leave.

I don’t think they understand how some can be affected by these so-called ‘minor illnesses’.

Some jobs require 100 per cent attention and any minor illness can impair public safety.

It seems to me that having to use up your own leave days due to sickness is similar to punishing the sick!

Those who do not have many leave days in a year are the ones most affected.

You can choose to go to a private clinic where the doctors can give an MC, however not everyone can afford this.

Is it a strategy to push all healthcare to the private sectors?

I hope it doesn’t turn out for the worse similar to other countries where healthcare is less available for the common folk.

– Working class with minor illness