Ju­nior doc­tors in Catch-22 sit­u­a­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

The num­ber of new doc­tors fac­ing unemployment has been ris­ing an­nu­ally due to the lim­ited num­ber of train­ing places avail­able at gov­ern­ment and univer­sity hos­pi­tals.

Malaysian Pre-House­man Joint (MPHJ) spokesman Dr Muham­mad Fir­daus Syukri Zubaidi said med­i­cal grad­u­ates must ob­tain a full med­i­cal li­cence, which they re­ceive upon com­ple­tion of house­man­ship train­ing.

How­ever, he said house­man­ship train­ing was only pro­vided by ac­cred­ited gov­ern­ment and univer­sity hos­pi­tals.

“Yet, as the num­ber of grad­u­ates has in­creased in the past five years, the num­ber of train­ing cen­tres and house­man posts has re­mained rel­a­tively static.

“The pri­vate sec­tor is not will­ing to em­ploy a doc­tor with­out a full med­i­cal li­cence, whilst other coun­tries have laid out strict en­trance and lin­guis­tic ex­am­i­na­tions for for­eign doc­tors.

“Thus, nei­ther the pri­vate sec­tor nor work­ing abroad are vi­able op­tions for the ju­nior doc­tor. Public ser­vice is the only op­tion,” he said yes­ter­day.

“We are at the mercy of the Public Ser­vice Depart­ment (PSD) and Health Min­istry.

“In the fi­nal anal­y­sis, med­i­cal grad­u­ates are worst off com­pared to other grad­u­ates.

“Ju­nior doc­tors are trapped in a Catch-22 predica­ment, not en­tirely of their mak­ing but bear­ing the brunt of the poli­cies of the PSD and health­care sys­tems.”

Dr Fir­daus said those want­ing to pur­sue medicine, should be made cog­nisant of the changes cur­rently at play and not be mis­led by false so­ci­etal per­cep­tions.

He said many in­di­vid­u­als had ven­tured into the med­i­cal field un­der the im­pres­sion that they would be guar­an­teed em­ploy­ment. He said this had led to a mis­match be­tween the num­ber of grad­u­ates and train­ing po­si­tions.

“Med­i­cal grad­u­ates of 2013 waited for an av­er­age of three months be­fore start­ing house­man­ship while grad­u­ates of 2016 have yet to be em­ployed af­ter eight months of wait­ing. The prom­ise of a se­cure ca­reer in medicine is now a thing of the past.”

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