Allow service rotation of doctors in rural areas

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: The doctors that are being sent to serve in rural areas in Sarawak must be placed in a system that allows rotation within a time period.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this must be implemented by the Health Ministry in a systematic manner which would allow the doctors to be rotated every three years.

“This will allow them to accumulate valuable clinical experience in a wider variety of conditions. It would provide doctors with far greater real-world experience instead of being stuck in the same place for a long time.

“Limited experience results in stagnation of knowledge and stunted learning,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 8).

Meanwhile, Tiong also hoped that contract doctors would not reject the opportunity to serve in rural areas.

“I hope that all contract doctors can hold on to their sense of public service by not resisting the opportunity to be stationed in remote places for a time.

“Seize the chance to learn and service under different medical conditions and provide their best service to all who need it.

“In handling various emergencies, I will further discuss with the Minister of Health on the need for clearer job prospects and to despatch medical officers to various hospitals fairly and minimise unintended consequences to the public,” he said.

On the plight affecting contract doctors, the MP said the Health Ministry’s top officials must be more considerate and lenient on the contract doctors, recognising their sacrifice and focus on the greater good.

“Contract doctors who have expressed their willingness to study medical specialities different from their current expertise are not approved for fully-paid study leave.

“The government should encourage these doctors’ willingness to continue to provide universal medical care by making some sacrifice to enter into a different speciality,” he said.

Tiong said the administration must adopt a more equitable system to fairly assign medical staff in managing the pandemic.