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Contract Medical Officer Pleads For Better Treatment From Malaysian Health Ministry

Contract Medical Officer Pleads For Better Treatment From Malaysian Health Ministry

Akmal Hakim

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Malaysian doctors are voicing concerns over their future in the national public healthcare system.

Taking the liberty to speak on behalf of his fellow contract medical officers (MO), Twitter user Amirul Azhar issued a public plea to the Malaysian Health Ministry, its minister Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba, and the Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, regarding the job security, welfare and unfair treatment of junior doctors in civil service.

In the Twitter thread, Dr. Amirul claimed that Malaysian MOs on contract with the government, who have been diligently serving as frontliners in the nation’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, are not being fairly compensated for their hard work.

Dr. Amirul also shared his anguish over allegations that he and his fellow MOs on contracts would be excluded from being promoted from their current UD41 civil service grade to the higher paid, permanent position of UD44.

Revealing that Malaysia’s junior doctors and contracted MOs were among the first to be scrambled in response to the pandemic, according to Dr. Amirul, many of the country’s doctors are underpaid, overworked and under tremendous loads of physical stress.

Dr. Amirul asks that the government place more effort in addressing the plight of Malaysia’s medical professionals that have proven their worth during the nation’s time in need.

Dr. Amirul’s concerns stem from an ongoing problem with the nation’s overloaded and underfunded public healthcare system.

Reportedly, Malaysian MOs on contract with the government under the UD41 grade are being paid less than their permanent counterparts that are compensated based on the UD44 grade.

Moreover, junior doctors on contract are also excluded from receiving financial aid under the national Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan (HLP) scholarship program to further their studies, instead having to pay out of their own pockets to pursue specializations.

Let’s do our best to look out for the interest of those responsible for our lives, shall we…

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