Cabinet agrees to upgrade contract medical officers to UD43 pay scale

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says he has also been asked to look into the implementation of post-graduate and specialisation studies for contract doctors. (Bernama pic)

KUALA KRAI: The Cabinet has agreed with the health ministry’s proposal to raise the grade of contract medical officers from UD41 to UD43, Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said today, Bernama reported.

“I have presented it to the Cabinet and, in principle, the Cabinet has no problem to approve the proposal.

“As the minister concerned, I will hold discussions with the finance ministry and the Public Service Department on the matter,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony of the RM286 million Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital here today.

On Twitter, Dzulkefly said he had also been asked to look into the implementation of post-graduate and specialisation studies for contract doctors.

It was reported that the Malaysian Medical Association (MAA) had called for the salaries of contract government doctors to be on a par with those permanently absorbed by the civil service.

The MMA said it was unfair that contract medical officers, who completed their two-year housemanship, were graded lower on the salary scale than those absorbed as permanent doctors despite both doing the same job.

The contract positions were first introduced in 2016. At present, fresh doctors must undergo their two-year housemanship before serving a two-year stint as medical officers at government hospitals.