Health ministry to act on unpaid claims, allowances to frontliners

A Sg Buloh hospital medical officer has claimed that his relocation allowance has still not been paid since March.

PETALING JAYA: The issue of unpaid claims and allowances for medical frontliners at the Sungai Buloh Hospital was addressed by Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the daily Covid-19 press conference today.

He said his ministry has opened an investigation, and is awaiting feedback from the finance department at the hospital.

“We need to look into the details of this case and facilitate it as soon as possible,” Noor Hisham added.

He was responding to a letter published by the CodeBlue news portal, in which a medical officer had complained that many doctors are still waiting for various claims and allowances since March.

In the letter, the medical officer said he was one of the staff affected following their relocation to the hospital in March following the escalation in Covid-19 cases.

The Sungai Buloh Hospital has been the main centre for the treatment of Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley since the start of the pandemic.

“We have not received our March relocation allowance. Since then, we have also not received our June on-call allowance or even our June Covid-19 claim,” the writer said, adding that they just want a proper explanation on why the payments have not been made.

“I need to raise this issue as nobody listens to our problems unless it becomes viral.”

The writer added that that their superiors at the hospital had warned them against making this issue public.

“The threatened they will do something to our contract. This contract thing will always be the thing they threaten us,” the writer said, adding that they faced a lot of discrimination at the hospital in the five months they worked there.

“The unpaid allowance is only the tip of the iceberg of what contract MOs have to go through. We are discriminated against and treated with double standards.

“But we don’t mind that. All we want now is our hard-earned money,” the writer said.

According to the writer, most of the contract medical officers have now been relocated to their preferred hospital from this month, with the decline in the number of Covid-19 cases.