Over 4,200 permanent MO positions available in 2023, says Health Minister

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 4,914 permanent positions will be available in the Health Ministry in 2023, the bulk of which are for medical officers.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa (pic) said in her new year address on Friday (Jan 6), that 4,263 positions were for medical officers, 335 openings for dentists and 316 for pharmacists.

"The issue of permanent posts has been often talked about. Hence I would like to announce that in 2023, the Health Ministry will increase allocation for permanent positions," she said.

Dr Zaliha said the advertisement for the positions would be open from Jan 6 to Jan 21.

"On that note, I hope that eligible candidates can fill in and submit their applications with complete and accurate information as soon as possible," she added.

Last year, then Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had announced that 4,053 contract healthcare workers would be offered permanent positions.

This was the highest number of permanent positions offered then after the contract model was rolled out in 2016.

According to statistics provided last year, of the 55,981 medical officers employed under the Health Ministry, 23,096 including 19 specialists were on contract, while 32,885 including 5,993 specialists were permanent staff.

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