‘25pc to 30pc of house­men fail to com­plete house­man­ship’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 25 to 30 per cent of house­men fail to com­plete their house­man­ship within the set time frame due to their in­com­pe­tence, the De­wan Rakyat was told yes­ter­day.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said the prob­lem sur­round­ing house­men was per­pet­ual.

“Now, there is an in­crease in the num­ber of med­i­cal grad­u­ates, both lo­cally and from over­seas. There are 5,000 grad­u­ates a year.

“(The is­sue with them is) that dur­ing train­ing, be­tween 25 and 30 per cent of them get stuck. They are not com­pe­tent in their post­ing, hence they have to (ex­tend their house­man­ship).

“Due to the group get­ting stuck, many oth­ers can­not get place­ments. Then there are those who re­sign.

“There is re­ally a con­ges­tion prob­lem,” he said.

Hilmi (Barisan Na­sional-Ba­lik Pu­lau) was re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Izani Husin (PasPengkalan Chepa) on the num­ber of avail­able hos­pi­tals and train­ing hos­pi­tals.

Ear­lier, Datuk Sa­pawi Amat Wasali @ Ah­mad (BN-Sip­i­tang), asked about the Malaysian health­care rank­ing ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, and whether the num­ber of doc­tors was enough to achieve a world-class health­care sys­tem.

To this, Hilmi said the In­ter­na­tional Liv­ing mag­a­zine had, on Jan 5, in the 2017 An­nual Global Re­tire­ment In­dex named Malaysia as the coun­try with the best health­care sys­tem in the world com­pared with 24 coun­tries, an accolade held for three con­sec­u­tive years.

He also said a Bloomberg sur­vey in 2014 placed Malaysia among 30 coun­tries in the world with the most ef­fi­cient health­care sys­tem, based on three cri­te­ria, namely life­span at birth, rel­a­tive cost for health­care per capita and the ab­so­lute cost for health­care per capita.

He said at present, the coun­try had 46,491 doc­tors in the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tors, equiv­a­lent to a ra­tio of one doc­tor to 656 residents.

“With the present num­ber of doc­tors, they are the ones who have served and contributed to Malaysia’s achieve­ments.

“How­ever, the coun­try needs ad­di­tional doc­tors due to an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion, bur­den of ill­nesses, high ex­pec­ta­tions and more health ser­vices, so as to sus­tain the world-class and ex­cel­lent ser­vices,” he said.

Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya

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