‘Con­sult us on house­men con­tracts’

> MMA says move would al­low trans­parency of terms

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY VATHANI PANIRCHELLVUM

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.

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