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