HWCITF: Health Care Professionals Can Answer Survey Safely Without Reprisal

The HWCITF says all data will be strictly maintained in a confidential manner and no adverse action will be targeted at any participant.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 – The Healthcare Work Culture Improvement Task Force (HWCITF) is seeking to reassure health care professionals that they could answer HWCITF’s Healthcare Work Culture Improvement Survey without fear of reprisal.

The task force, in response to CodeBlue’s report yesterday, said questions captured in the 23-page survey are used globally and do not lend to identification of staff. HWCITF said they instead help to create “customised solutions” for the various demographic groups if needed.

“The data are gathered and will be analysed only for the purpose of health care work culture improvement by HWCITF.

“The HWCITF would like to reassure participants of the survey that all data will be strictly maintained in a confidential manner and no adverse action will be targeted at any participant,” the task force said in a statement.

The workplace poll on Google Forms, sighted by CodeBlue, does not grant full anonymity as it requires respondents to sign-in using their Google account, provide their email address, grade, state, work facility type, tenure, age, gender, marital status, and ethnicity, besides asking supervisors to admit if they’ve bullied others.

The survey was launched on May 27 by the nine-member HWCITF who were appointed by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on May 13, following the death of a house officer from Penang Hospital last month that triggered widespread allegations on the purported work culture of bullying of junior doctors across public hospitals.

HWCITF is chaired by former Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation secretary-general Prof Siti Hamisah Tapsir and comprises experts outside MOH, including human resource and organisational design experts, but does not include any representatives from medical associations or groups representing trainee doctors.

Participants can contact 03-88924791 or email [email protected] for further clarification if needed.

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