KOTA KINABALU: The government should absorb contract doctors to permanent positions if there are allocations available, says Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.
The Kinabatangan MP believed that these health workers can be appointed permanently as staff based on their abilities as medical practitioners, which are much needed at present.
“The issue is doctors on contract have applied to be given permanent positions, so if it does not burden the government, we should consider this,” said the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister in a statement on Wednesday (July 28).
Bung issued the statement after highlighting the matter during the special Parliament sitting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (July 27).
He said there is a need to add more doctors to the country's medical services in general and Sabah in particular, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bung added that the ability of the health system and the preparedness of frontliners in facing the pandemic must be immediately addressed.
“The government must prioritise solving this issue as health frontliners, including those on contract status, have to bear a heavy burden with the rising Covid-19 cases at present,” he said.
On another matter, he suggested that the Health Ministry should provide a boat for the Pulau Banggi health clinic in Sabah to use.
He said that the clinic, which is on an island off Kudat, is in need of such a vessel as they face difficulties when transporting emergency cases and women in labour to get proper treatment at the nearest hospital.