Aaron answering to the question raised by Teo during the Dewan Negara sessions.

KUCHING: A total of 635 graduates in the medical field are still waiting for their placement, said Deputy Minister of Health II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang.

He said among the graduates are those who have registered with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and have passed the Public Service Commission (SPA) screening.

“They will be offered their next appointment for this year’s sixth intake session scheduled on Oct 26, 2020 subject to the availability of existing graduate training slots,” he said in reply to question from Senator Datuk Teo Eng Tee @ Teo Kok Chee on the number of medical graduates who are waiting for houseman placement until July 2020 and whether there are enough medical officers in government hospitals during the Dewan Negara sessions on Monday.

He said as of June 30, 2020, there are a total of 33,536 permanent medical officers serving at the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“Malaysia as a whole, needs to increase the number of doctors in the public sector to meet the needs of current and future health services.

“This is also in line with the government’s goal for doctors to be given access to specialist training to ensure that health services, especially in the field of expertise, can grow more on par with developed countries,” he explained.