150 med­i­cal spe­cial­ists quit govt ser­vice yearly

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

AL­MOST 150 med­i­cal spe­cial­ists have been re­sign­ing from the Health Min­istry an­nu­ally over the past six years.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Ya­haya (pix) said 128 spe­cial­ists re­signed be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber this year while 124 left the ser­vice last year.

“Their con­tin­ued de­par­ture from the ser­vice is one of the fac­tors for the short­age of med­i­cal spe­cial­ists,” he said when re­ply­ing to a ques­tion from Datuk Seri Ik­mal Hisham Ab­dul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah).

Ik­mal Hisham wanted to know the se­ri­ous­ness of the short­age of med­i­cal spe­cial­ists in the coun­try and whether Malaysia would be able to achieve the ra­tio of one doc­tor to 400 pa­tients by 2020.

Hilmi said one rea­son for the res­ig­na­tion of med­i­cal spe­cial­ists was the long time it took for them to be pro­moted. He said the most num­ber of res­ig­na­tions was among the spe­cial­ists on Grade U53 and U54 who had to wait for up to 10 years for a pro­mo­tion.

“That is why we plan to in­tro­duce Grade 56 which is be­ing worked out by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment,” he said.

He also said that the gov­ern­ment was of­fer­ing “full pay­ing pa­tient” rates that were a lot lower than what pri­vate hos­pi­tals charged to at­tract more peo­ple and en­able spe­cial­ists to boost their in­come.

Hilmi said the Health Min­istry had more than 4,000 spe­cial­ists in var­i­ous fields up to Septem­ber this year. – Ber­nama

Shafie leav­ing Bukit Aman after hav­ing his state­ment recorded by po­lice.

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