KUCHING: Chong Chieng Jen says that the Health Ministry has extended the contracts of all medical officers who claimed that their contracts were terminated abruptly.
The Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chairman said he brought up the matter with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who subsequently had a discussion with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
"The Health Ministry today (Jan 23) made the decision to extend the contracts of all the affected medical officers.
"The issue relating to the termination of the contracts of medical officers in Sarawak has been promptly resolved by the ministry having all the affected medical officers' contracts extended," he said in a statement on Thursday.
Chong also thanked the media for highlighting the issue.
"The Pakatan Harapan government takes the issues of the people seriously and will do our level best to resolve issues concerning the people as promptly as possible," he added.
The issue was first brought up by the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) education bureau, which revealed on Jan 18 that four medical officers had their contracts with their respective hospitals had been abruptly terminated without reason.
Among them were Dr Bong Ing Hui and Dr Wong Woan Hui, who received letters on Nov 13 last year that their contracts at Sibu General Hospital had not been renewed.
The other two doctors served in Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in Johor and Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan in Pahang.
The contract termination left them in limbo as they were unable to sit for the final part of their specialist exams, which required working in an approved hospital for not less than four years.
On Wednesday (Jan 22), two more medical officers and four dental officers wrote to SUPP to bring up their plight of facing similar contract terminations.
They were serving in hospitals and clinics in Selangor, Sibujaya, Sabak Bernam, Sandakan, Sungai Buloh and Labuan.