Temporary posts can reduce waiting time for medical grads


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: There is good news for medical students who will be graduating soon as they may not have to wait too long before being offered a job.

The Health Ministry is in the final stages of implementing a plan to introduce temporary posts for medical graduates who face a long wait to do housemanship.

Its deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the rigidity of the current system did not allow the ministry to offer permanent positions to more people as they serve their housemanship.

The plan for temporary posts, he said, needed the Cabinet approval before it could be introduced as “we have to ensure that it is fair to all and no one is marginalised”.

On whether the ministry can justify the number, he said “yes” as it had developed many new services.

“The workload has increased, so we need those numbers to deliver care to the public.

“Presently, we take in about 4,500 house officers annually on permanent posts and upon completing their housemanship, they become permanent medical officers,” he told The Star after chairing a lecture at Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.


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