B - Cost of Living B09. HEALTHCARE

B09-09: Ministry of Health to solve the problems faced by younger doctors or "housemen"

May 10, 2018
In progress
Jul 2018

Health Ministry wants to end 'toxic work culture'

The Star Online July 01, 2018

The “toxic work culture” of healthcare practitioners, has to end, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Ministry is looking into ways to reduce the workload of its staff, especially junior doctors, Dr Dzulkefly said at the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) annual dinner banquet here on Saturday (June 30). He also addressed the recent media report by a news portal regarding a houseman at Ampang Hospital who was allegedly roughed up by a doctor there. “As I tweeted earlier, I have instructed top officers to undertake a detailed investigation to get to the bottom of this,” he said.

Jun 2018

Govt will resolve issue of housemen placement, says health minister

Malay Mail June 09, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 ― The Health Ministry will solve the glut of medical graduates and new nurses who have yet to get placement in government hospitals. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the glut was due to an increase in medical graduates from local and foreign institutions. “The second reason is that the ministry was implementing the human resource optimisation policy which means there will be no additional new posts offered but on a trade-off or redeployment,” he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama here recently. Dzulkefly said the ministry was aware of the issue and to overcome it, the ministry had taken the following measures: ― To change the method of appointment, from permanent to contract appointment in which the officer has the opportunity to under housemanship and obtain full registration as required under the Medical Act 1971 to improve the clinical skills and experience of officers. ― To enforce a moratorium on medical programmes with the cooperation of the Education Ministry up to April 30, 2021 with the aim of imposing quota on medical graduates by universities in the country. The original period was for five years from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016 and it has been extended to April 30, 2021. He said under the moratorium, there would be no new medical programmes at degree level and no increase in the quota of medical student intake. However, the ministry will not be able to control the intake or medical graduates coming out of foreign universities. “Apart from that, the ministry had increased the training slots for graduates from 10,835 to 11, 706 through additional graduate training hospitals. The ministry had increased the number of graduate training hospitals from 38 in 2009 to 47 hospitals now,” he said. It covers 44 hospitals under the ministry and three teaching hospital (Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre) in 2018. Other measures taken included increasing the number graduate training posting. “Several new postings had been introduced in stages to increase training slots and placement of graduate in anaesthesia, emergency services, psychiatric and premier health departments. Dzulkefly said the ministry would continue recruit Grade UD41 medical officers in phases under contract every two months, depending on the vacancies of training slots. On the issue of graduate nurses who have yet to receive placement in government hospitals, he said the ministry had reduced the number of nurse trainees from 2,274 in 2016 to 1,742 in 2018 (a drop of 23 per cent), he said. Apart from that, the ministry will also appeal for special approval from the Public Service Department (JPA) to increase the number of permanent posts or to allow the ministry appoint graduate nurses from the Health Ministry Training Institutes on contract and the application is still under consideration by JPA, he said. ― Bernama