MALAYSIA: Freeze placed on new medical courses

Malaysia's Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said last week that a temporary freeze had been imposed on higher education institutions from offering new medical courses, effective from this month. The freeze would be for five years, reports the official agency Bernama.

Mohamed Khaled said cabinet had agreed to impose the moratorium because of a marked increase in the number of medical graduates institutions were producing, the competency of those undergoing housemanship and those at teaching hospitals. "Apart from that, a moratorium on new intake is also proposed for institutions which do not meet the accreditation criteria and standards," he said.

Mohamed Khaled said the freeze would not adversely affect the number of medical graduates needed by the country because there would be enough of them to graduate from the existing 33 universities in the country, as well as those who would graduate from foreign universities. The country is capable of producing enough medical doctors by 2020 with a ratio of one medical doctor to every 400 residents, he added.
Full report on the Bernama site