The Health Ministry stresses that it is looking into the matter.
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Incomplete submissions of forms has been cited as a probable reason for unpaid Covid-19 allowances to Sungai Buloh Hospital medical staff after allegations caused widespread outrage online.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba told Malaysia Gazette that maybe it was due to incomplete submission of necessary documents, saying that there have been instances where medical frontliners have forgotten to submit complete documents.
He explained that all medical staff have to send complete forms and documents to claim the special Covid-19 allowance, and subject to the Finance Ministry’s approval.
Later during the Covid-19 press conference, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that he was only made aware that the situation affected medical frontliners at some hospitals.
I was told it was not all the hospitals, but some officers, and I was told the submission of the claims were not complete.Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director-General.
Both Dr Adham and Dr Noor Hisham stress that the Health Ministry is looking into the matter.
I think we need to look into the details and facilitate this as soon as possible as this is not right to our officers on the ground, especially the frontliners.Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director-General.
On Monday, 24 August, healthcare news portal CodeBlue published an anonymous plea by a medical officer relocated to Sungai Buloh Hospital in March for Covid-19.
The medical officer (MO) revealed that they haven’t received their relocation allowance, June on-call allowance and June Covid-19 claims.
The junior doctor also alleges that superiors have threatened to terminate their contacts if they attempt to make the issue viral.
Sungai Buloh Hospital is the referral point for Covid-19 cases across the nation.
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