Housemen to be placed at district hospitals facing doctor shortage, says Dr Dzulkefly

PETALING JAYA: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkelfy Ahmad has instructed for house officers (HO) to be immediately redeployed to district hospitals in need.

Dzulkefly said he had directed the Health director-general, Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan, to take the necessary measures.

“I am aware of and deeply concerned about the grievances faced by the health officers daily.

“It should be emphasised that I have instructed the Health director-general to promptly place the housemen at district hospitals that are in need.

“The mid-term and long-term plans are also being implemented,” he said in a series of posts on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Thursday (May 16).

Dzulkefly made the posts in response to images of medical staff's messages written on a whiteboard at a hospital in Kedah, apologising to patients for prolonged waiting times to see a doctor.

"Our doctors are working to the point of exhaustion. Eight doctors are ill but still working. Some have resigned and moved to the private sector.

"We wish to serve the public, but we are also human; we can get tired and sick. We hope everyone understands. Apologies," the notice read.

Dzulkefly added that he would continue investigating and acting on complaints.

"I am acutely aware of and deeply sympathise with the grievances of healthcare workers every day and every week. With 147 MOH hospitals and over 3,000 health clinics nationwide, I am bound to receive numerous complaints," he said.

"Continue sending feedback and criticisms (while avoiding sinful language). I will continue to pay attention and take action while continuing my various reforms," ​​he said.

He also said that he welcomes any feedback and criticism from the public.

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