‘Consult us on housemen contracts’
> MMA says move would allow transparency of terms
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) wants to work with the Public Service Department on the contracts for placement of housemen in hospitals.
MMA president Dr John Chew told theSun in a text message: “While we wait for the details of the contract for housemanship, we would like to be involved with the government employment agency to have transparency in appointments, employment and disciplinary procedures.”
He said this was to ensure fairness of employment.
Currently, questions are being raised over options for housemen after their contracts end as while the contract would be a short term fix to the problem of oversupply in housemen, there are no guarantees after the contracts expire.
On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced that from December, approximately 2,600 graduates who cannot find housemanship postings can be placed in hospitals on a contract basis.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam was reported as saying that doctors would be given a four-year contract while dentists and pharmacists would be offered a three-year contract under the new scheme announced in Budget 2017, although housemanship training for medical graduates is two years while it is only one year for dentistry and pharmacy.
DAP national vice-chairman Teresa Kok said Subramaniam has not addressed options for housemen after their contract ends, although he said they could find jobs in the private sector.
“How many of them can be absorbed into the private sector? What most private hospitals require are specialists with sufficient experience and not new medical officers,” she said.
The issue of oversupply of doctors had been raised several years ago by MMA and the Malaysian Medical Council, and more new medical officers are joining the market annually.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak congratulating Justin Thomas, winner of the CIMB Classic 2016 golf championship, at the TPC golf course in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Also present is CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (left). Thomas retained the title he won last year with a score of a 23-under 265.