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Health minister, doctors association make truce in public interest

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 26, 2019   /  12:31 pm
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Terawan Agus Putranto attends a press conference on his ethical violation case. Terawan has been appointed health minister.(Kompas.com/File)

The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto have agreed to work together for the public benefit despite controversies surrounding the appointment of the former military doctor as a member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet. The appointment of Terawan as the new health minister has sparked controversy following the circulation on social media of a document from the IDI ethics council regarding his disciplinary record. The document, dated Sept. 30, three weeks prior to Jokowi's new Cabinet announcement, was made in response to an article published in a news outlet containing six potential names for the health minister post, which included Terawan, a former director of Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) and a presidential doctor during Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration. "If allowed, we would l...