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Ministry to probe report on sexual harassment claim on senior doctor

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Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has promised an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made by several house officers at a Klang Valley hospital against a department head.

"To all that have been enquiring on this case... the Health Ministry will get to the bottom of this.

"I want to assure you all, especially the aggrieved victims," Dzulkefly tweeted today.

The Star had interviewed several house officers who spoke of their experiences with the head of the hospital's orthopaedics department, who they claim would use his authority and power to target young fe­male doctors.

One house officer spoke of how the man once attempted to unbutton her shirt and kiss her after calling her to discuss work-related matters.

The same person, she had said, would demand she go out drinking with him, and would touch her inappropriately when she began to get tipsy.

She said he threatened to fail her in the non-academic component of her test if she did not comply.

The house officer further alleged that no action was taken despite her lodging a police report on the sexual harassment last October.

The Star also interviewed several other house officers who reportedly shared similar experiences with the first victim.

One alleged that she was bullied and placed on consecutive 36-hour shifts when she spurned his advances.

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