Contract jobs an ad hoc measure

Appointing doctors, dentists and pharmacists by contract due to constraints in permanent posts has its pros and cons, said Dr Koh Kah Chai. The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) honorary general secretary said: “The pros are that they will be gainfully employed and will get the prerequisite training. “But the worry is whether they will still be…

Tak cukup tempat, kementerian cadang graduan perubatan kerja lain

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Mei — Kementerian Kesihatan mencadangkan agar graduan perubatan boleh berkhidmat di kementerian lain dalam menangani masalah kekurangan perjawatan bagi pegawai perubatan baharu di hospital kerajaan. Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan (Perubatan), Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran berkata cadangan itu sebagai alternatif ekoran ramai graduan perubatan terpaksa menunggu lama sebelum mereka dapat berkhidmat di hospital…

MMA: Those keen on medicine must take aptitude test

PETALING JAYA: An aptitude test will be a better way to address the issue of young doctors quitting medical practice rather than helping them move to non-clinical practice after they have become house officers, said the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA). Its president Dr Ashok Zachariah Phillip said it was good that the Health Ministry was…

Restriction on new medical courses to ensure quality of junior doctors

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on new medical courses in all local institutions will be extended for another five years, announced the Higher Education Ministry. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the moratorium would be extended from May 1 this year to April 30, 2021. “This is to ensure that there is a balance between…

Restriction on new medical courses to ensure quality of junior doctors

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on new medical courses in all local institutions will be extended for another five years, announced the Higher Education Ministry. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the moratorium would be extended from May 1 this year to April 30, 2021. “This is to ensure that there is a balance between…

Rising overheads forcing private clinics to close

PETALING JAYA: Escalating costs are forcing more and more private medical practitioners, including specialists, to close down their clinics. The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) estimates that more than 500 private clinics have closed over the past four years. Expressing concern over this trend, MMA president Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip said while some new clinics have…

Too many doctors chasing too few jobs

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is all for the reduction in students entering medical faculties in institutes of higher learning this year. Its president Krishna Kumar said, “There are too many doctors with no jobs and we fully agree with the cutback.” Kumar also said that since the current minister of health is…