IPOH: The Health Ministry is looking into ways for new medical graduates to get housemanship within six months by next year, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
The Deputy Health Minister said that fresh graduates now had to wait one year or more to enter two-year training programmes at government hospitals.
"Ideally, we hope to see them start their training in less than three months upon graduating – that is the ministry's target," he told reporters after launching a blood and organ donation pledge campaign at a mall here Sunday (Nov 17).
On the frustration of doctors and housemen over the way newly-trained doctors are being treated, particularly contract doctors, Dr Lee said the ministry was in discussion with the Public Service Department.
He said they would hold discussion to have a more transparent system on who qualifies for permanent or contract appointments.
"Right now, after the two-year housemanship, medical officers are either made permanent staff or hired on a contract basis.
"Those hired under a contract basis have to work just as hard, but earn less on a lower grade," he said.
It was reported on Nov 17 that contract doctors felt they were being sidelined, given lesser pay, shuffled from one facility to another and deprived of opportunity to specialise.