Simplify recruitment process of contract doctors

KUCHING: The Health Ministry (MOH) and the Public Service Department (JPA) were told to simplify the process of recruiting contract doctors.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said he will be writing to the two parties for the red tapes and the bureaucracy which complicates the current process to be discarded.

“It is necessary for the MOH and JPA to clarify as soon as possible the appointment of contract doctors and the procedures as well as standards involved in being converted to permanent post,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 8).

Tiong said since the implementation of the contract system in 2016, less than five percent of contract doctors have been promoted to full positions. He added that the absorption criteria into permanent post have never been made transparent.

“This has caused many contract doctors who were devoted to the medical profession to look for alternatives or are even jobless. It is inhumane to even let these professionals face the risk of unemployment especially during this pandemic.

“It is most urgent for the government to analyse the statistics on government hospitals and health clinics growth in recent years and rationally allocate their human resources to retain our contract doctors in the public health service,” he said.

At the same time, Tiong said he will also push for the renewal of Bintulu doctors whose contracts are about to expire in order to retain their service in the hospital.

“I want to also point out that contract doctors from either Peninsula Malaysia or Sabah and Sarawak that they face inequality at work without equal pay.

“They have clearly all been similarly invested and plunged into the high-pressure and intense work on the same level as full-time doctors.

“Benefits and allowances have all been curtailed, which has made the contract doctors feel underappreciated and uncertain about their future,” he pointed out.

Tiong said under the vague and ambiguous contract system, there is general inability to be granted fully-paid study leave and government scholarship.

“This has effectively dashed the dreams of contract doctors who harbour the aim continue their specialist studies, thus causing our medical talents to leave the service,” he said.